Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 26 of 368
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nWITCHITA MOUNTAINS-PANTHER KILLED-BUFFALO TRACKS-SINGULAR AND UNACCOUNTABLE
RISE OF WATER-BUFFALO SIGNS-HORSE CAPTURED-RAINSARRIVAL
AT OTTER CREEK-BAROMETER BROKE-CHARACTER OF WITCHITA
MOUNTAINS-BUFFALO KILLED-HIGH WATER.
Soon after we had reached the high prairie ridge upon which we
travelled to-day, we came in sight of the Witchita mountains, some
twenty-five or thirty miles to the north, the chain seeming to be made
up of a series of detached peaks, running from the northeast to the
southwest, as far as the eye can reach. Rising as these mountains do
upon the naked prairie, isolated from all other surrounding eminences,
they form a very striking and prominent feature in the topography of
the country. We cannot yet form any definite estimate as to their
height, but shall avail ourselves of the first opportunity to determine this
lfay 17.-On rising this morning, I learned, much to my surprise,
that nearly all our oxen had wandered off during the night, and had
not yet been found. I immediately sent seven of the teamsters in
search of them; but after being absent two hours, they returned unsuccessful,
reporting that they could get no track of them. I then started
with one of our Delawares, and, after going a short distance from camp,
took the track, dnd following it about a mile, came up with the animals,
who had very quietly ensconced themselves in a grove of timber near the
As they had upon several occasions before given us trouble, and
occasioned the loss of much time, I resolved that in future I would have
them herded until late in the evening, and tie them to the wagons for
the remainder of the night.
As we did not march until very late this morning, we only made
eleven miles, and encamped upon one of the branches of Cache creek.
Our road has continued upon the high ridge lying between Red river
and Cache creek, and has been perfectly firm, smooth, and level.
We have to-day seen the first buffalo tracks. They were made
during the last rains, and are about five days old. We are anxiously
awaiting the time when we shall see the animals themselves, and anticipate
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Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/26/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .