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: 57 of 859
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ABUNDANT WATER SUPPLY.
Laguna Rico and Sabinas and thence through Five Wells
and Mustang Springs to head of M[ain Concho being their
"From the second spring, to Monument Spring, distant
thirty-seven miles, a little south of west, the road runs
most of the way over rolling prairie, with about fifteen
miles of not very heavy sand.
"MIonument Spring is so named from a monument I
had built on a hill southwest and one and one-fourth miles
distant from the spring. This monument is of nearly
white stone, about eight feet in diameter at the base, four
at the top, and seven and one-half feet high. It can be
seen for several miles in all directions.
"Monument Spring is a very large spring of excellent
water, furnishing enough for several thousand head of
horses. The country to the north is, for fifty miles, hard
high prairie, to the south and west sandy; grass, in all
directions, of luxuriant growth, of the finest quality found
on the plains; wood abundant (roots) for fuel, and good
building stone in the hills near by (limestone).
"Twenty miles due south is Dug springs, three in
number, situated in a small valley of salty grass. The
wells are a few yards apart, about six feet deep and four
in diameter, having a depth of three or four feet of water
and furnishing enough for about one thousand horses per
day. My command, of about three hundred animals,
watering all at one time soon exhausted the springs, but
in an hour or two they were full again. Plenty of wood
in this vicinity, and tolerable good grass close by; within
easy grazing distance it was excellent.
"From Dug springs to the Pecos the distance is about
thirty-two miles, one-half of the way heavy sand and the
rest hard rolling hills. There is no wagon road to the
Pecos, but a very plain and deeply worn Indian trail,
running almost due west until near the Pecos, when it
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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/m1/57/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .