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: 58 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
turns southwest, striking that stream just above the
mouth of the Azul or Blue river, at a shallow, rock-bottom
crossing, where the water in ordinary stages is not over
fifteen inches deep.
"From Mustang Springs to Centralia the distance is
fifty-four miles, without water on the trail of Lieutenant
Geddes, except one salt lake thirty-five miles north and
twenty-five west of Central station. At this lake water
might be found by digging. Southeast of Central station,
and eighteen miles from it, a fine spring of water, hitherto
unknown, was found by Lieutenant Geddes, which will,
undoubtedly, cause a change in the road across the plains
to the Pecos. From this spring to Howard's wells and
the Pecos the country has never been scouted; on the trail
followed by Lieutenant Geddes no other permanent water
was found until he reached Howard's wells, on the San
Antonio road. From this point west to the Rio Grande
the country is least known of any in this Department and
is the most difficult to scout in, as it has, so far, been
found impossible to take wagons along; and from the
country being cut up by very deep and rocky ravines and
all the hills covered with a kind of miniature Spanish
dagger, making it very difficult and painful traveling for
horses. There is, undoubtedly, plenty of water, and this
country has always been a favorite resort for the Apaches
and Lipans. Lieutenant Geddes discovered several good
springs of water on his trail and reports that his command
did not suffer at all from want of water. My expEience,
father west and near the Rio Grande, was the same in the
fall of 1871, when I was, at no time, more than a half
day without water, either in springs or rock tanks.
"The various scouts have shown how easily the plains
can be traversed, in almost any direction, and to all the
large watering places there are plain wagon roads that
will show for years."
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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/m1/58/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .