Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississipi River to the Pacific Ocean Volume 11

Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississipi River to the Pacific Ocean Volume 11

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...drawn on a scale of 24 miles to an inch; the other, on a scale of 10 miles to an inch, shows the country surrounding the sources of Red river. Captain Marcy was assisted by Brevet Captain G. B. McClellan, Engineers, who made astronomical observations for latitude and longitude by means of a sextant and "pocket lever watch." The routes were mostly measured with an odometer, and observations were taken with a barometer. Dr. G. G. Shumard accompanied the expedition as surgeon and geologist. Starting on the 2d of May with his company, Captain Marcy marched to Red river, at the mouth of the Little Witchita, and up the right bank of the latter stream to the mouth of the Big Witchita, where they crossed Red river. Proceeding westward, between Red river and a branch of Cache creek, they struck the north Fork of Red river at the west end of the Witchita mountains, and followed that stream to its source in the Llano Estacado. Here an excursion was made to the valley of the Canadian river at Sand creek, in order to test and check the position of the party by the surveys that had been made along that stream. They now travelled south to the Kech-ah-que-ho-no, or main Red river, and, leaving their train at the place where the river comes out from the blulf of the Llano Estacado, ascended it to the spring which forms its source. From this they returned down the left bank of the river to the Witchita mountains, which were examined, and thence they proceeded to Fort Arbuckle, where the expedition terminated. EXPLORATION AND SURVEY FOR A-RAILROAD ROUTE NEAR THE FORTY-SEVENTH AND FORTY-NINTH PARALLELS, 1853-'54-'55. THE reports of this exploration and survey will be found in Volume I, Senate Ex. Doc. No. 78, 2d session 33d Congress; and House...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236809890
  • 9781236809896