Report of Exploration of a Route for the Pacific Railroad

Report of Exploration of a Route for the Pacific Railroad

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...by gently receding ' table-lands, and, although nearly destitute of timber, yet supplies an abundance of mezquite root for fuel. The surface of the table-lands and ridges presem only the dwarf mezquite brush, but beneath the whole earth is a network of the root, in some instances as large round as a man's leg, and furnishing the best fuel known to the country. The town of El Paso and its vicinity are supplied entirely in this way. The Peco traverses '.ts valley in a very tortuous course, and with a current of about two and a half miles to tlie hour and from five to twenty feet depth of water. In many places bluff banks of diluvium and gyps ab0ut fifty feet hih impinge upon its banks. The river below the 32d parallel change its character from a rocky bed, with occasional rapids, to soft mud bottom and banks. Fording.plaC( keow js paralle are very rare, and present in all cases a depth of water which, at any otr tha the dry season absolutely prevents the passage of wagons or wheeled vehicles. From tV 32d parallel to its mouth, the Pecos is always navigable for small stern-wheeled boats, the diisCulties consisting: merely in its extreme crookedness and narrowness. The banks are perpendvilar about ten feet high, and falling into the stream constantly--the deep water being uniform I-ora otq shore to the other. The average width would not exceed one hundred feet. It is not deemed advisable to encounter that terra incognita, the Llano Estacado, with Q whole command, until the practicability of such a measure shall have been tested by a previous, examination. Our very limited information respecting it points out the necessity of such an examination, to avoid the danger to which so large a party would be exposed by encountering this Jornada....show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948726
  • 9781236948724