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: 48 of 859
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H ISTORY OF TEXAS.
"From Rendlebrock's spring, to where the wagon road
strikes the Fresh Fork of the Brazos, the country passed
through is slightly rolling, covered with excellent grass,
considerable mesquite timber of small growth, (from six
to twelve feet high), and having several streams and
springs of good water, with one or two (the Brazos and
Double Mountain Fork) salty at the point where crossed
by the road, though both are fresh near their heads.
The canon of the Fresh Fork of the Brazos is nearly
fifty miles in length and from one-half to two and a half
miles wide, through which flows a stream of excellent
water the whole distance. After reaching the plains, the
water is good for about twenty-five miles and then becomes
salty at its junction with the Brazos. The grass in all
the region of the country is excellent, and sufficient wood
for fuel is easily obtained. I believe that corn could be
grown the whole length' of the canon without irrigation,
except in unusually dry seasons.
"From about half way up the canon the road crosses to
the head of Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos, which
flows through a canon similar to that of the Fresh Fork,
parallel with it and about thirty miles distant, and extends
about the same distance into the plains.
"The country between these streams is high table land,
with scarcely any timber and but few mesquite roots.
Large circular depressions, filled with water for part of
the year, occur frequently, and the whole country is covered
with luxuriant grass, affording pasturage for immense
herds of buffalo, and would be sufficientto maintain
thousands of cattle and horses that could water, when the
rain-water holes dried up, in the Fresh and Double
Mountain Foiks of the Brazos.
"From the head of Double Mountain Fork to Casa
Amarilla the distance is forty-two miles, almost due west,
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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/m1/48/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .