A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state. Page: 47 of 859
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plateau crossed. In the map prepared for Yoakum's history
of "Texas, and published by Redfield in 1856, there is
this note: " From the head waters of the Red Brazos
and Colorado rivers to the Rio Pecos is a desolate and
sterile plain from 100 to 200 miles in width, elevated
about 4,500 feet above the Gulf of MIexico, without water
or timber and with a scanty vegetation." Notwithstanding
this is described as such an arid region, all the great rivers,
from the Canadian on the north to the Pecos and Rio
Grande on the south, have their sources in springs found in
canons penetrating this plateau; or from underground
streams, from the same source, issuing out at the surface,
as at San Marcos, San Antonio and other points. Since
the close of the Civil War this region of country has
been penetrated by buffalo hunters, and by parties of
soldiers in pursuit of Indians. The best and most
reliable description yet given to the public is found in the
report of Lieutenant-Colonel W. B. Shafter, who, in 1875
made a pretty thorough reconnoissance of the hitherto
terra incognita. Colonel Shafter started from Fort Concho,
in Tom Green county, two hundred and fifteen miles northwest
of San Antonio. We copy from his report:
" Commencing at Fort Concho, the valley of North Concho
for sixty miles is well adapted to grazing, having sufficient
wood for all necessary purposes and good running
water the entire distance.
Rendlebrock's spring, twenty-five miles north of the
North Concho and sixty-five miles from the post, is a large
spring of running water, and in the country about it there
are large mesquite fiats, well timbered, with plenty of grass,
and good shelter for stock in the winter.
"The wagon road to Fresh Fork of Brazos, zia Rendlebrock's
spring, leaves the North Concho forty-two miles
above the post of Concho, crossing to the valleys running
into the Colorado.
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Thrall, Homer S. A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state., book, 1879; St. Louis, Mo.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/47/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .