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: 55 of 859
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LAKES, SPRINGS AND WELLS.
The Five Wells are situated in a ravine about oneeighth
to one-half of a mile in width; the length is not
known. It was examined for several miles each way
without finding any other water, except a few small salt
lakes. These wells are within a few yards of each other,
are about six or eight feet deep andi from four to ten feet
in diameter, with three to four feet of water. Watering
about five hundred animals for three days did not, apparently,
at all diminish the water; grass excellent and
plenty of shelter for stock in ravines; mesquite roots for
fuel not very large or abundant.
"Laguna Sabinas, thirty-two miles due north from Five
wells, is an alkili or salt lake, nearly six miles long and
four wide, with plenty of good water in numerous wells or
rather dug springs in a ravine at the north end, and
several large wells at the south end, of slightly brackish
water but fit for use of men and animals. Water can be
found by digging anywhere near the edge of the lake;
grass in vicinity excellent, and plenty of wood (roots).
"From the north end of the lake are two large wagon
roads, one going nearly due east to head of Tobacco creek,
distant thirty-five miles. About five miles of the road
heavy sand, the balance high hard prairie. The left hand
road runs nearly northeast thirty-two miles to Laguna
Cuates, high prairie and sand about equally distributed
at intervals of three or four miles. About the bluffs of
Laguna Sabinas are found a few small cedars; stone for
building in the bluffs.
"From the Five Wells there are two wagon roads, one
running a little south of west, the other a little north, to
5Monument Spring, in New !Mexico, distant by the left
hand road sixty-three miles and by the right sixty-six;
the latter being the preferable route on account of less
sand and much better water. By the left hand road it is
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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/m1/55/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .