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: 51 of 859
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WHIVTE SAND HItLLS.
the country being similar in all respects to that just described.
Casa Almarilla is a large alkali and salt lake, of
from one-half to three-quarters of a mile in width and
about three in length, situated in a depression of the
plains and draiinig the country for several miles in all
directions. There are two dug springs at the base of the
bluff on the southern side, and about a half mile further
south, at the head of a ravine, a large tank of fresh water
that I believe is fed from springs, as I could not perceive
any dimunition in it after using it for two days with my
whole command. Six miles directly north of this lake
are some large pools of living water, with plenty of wood.
This would be an excellent place for sheep or horses.
"Six miles west of Casa Amarilla is a large alkali lake,
circular in form, about three-fourths of a mile in diameter,
having some fine large springs in the bank, good grass,
but no timber or roots. This lake is called by the Mexicans
' Quemas,' and is supposed to be very near the line
of Texas and New MAexico.
" The trail from Quemnas to the Pecos (twenty miles
above mouth of Azul, in New Mexico) passes for about
twenty miles over high table land, with occasional rainwater
holes, then about twenty of deep sand, then fortyseven
of high hard prairie, without 'water but covered
with luxuriant grass, then twxenity of very heavy sand,
and about twenty of hard, high rolling country bordering
" From this point, on the .Pecos to Horsehead crossing,
the distance is 157 miles, the wagon road keeping near
the river. The country bordering on the Pecos for several
miles has only tolerable grass, and the bluffs are
covered with sharp flint rocks, with considerable small
growth of brush and Spanish daggers.
"From Pecos Falls to lower end of White Sand Hills
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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/m1/51/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .