Reports of Explorations and Surveys; To Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean Volume 12, PT. 1

Reports of Explorations and Surveys; To Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean Volume 12, PT. 1

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...but was delayed in consequence of endeavoring to drive oxen too fat for the journey over to the Bitter Root, aud was at length compelled to abandon the undertaking and to send them back to the fort. He pursued essentially his former route, and after making the necessary arrangements with Lieutenant Mullan, at Cantonment Stevens, he left on the 19th September, pursued my trail of 1853, over the Coeur d'Alene mountains to the Coeur d'Alene mission, and then separated from my trail to take one more direct to the Walla-Walla, south of Coeur d'Alene lake. Crossing the Coeur d'Alene river about sixty miles east of the crossing of the main train, and above the lake of the same name, he passed through prairie for four miles, south of the river; he then ascended a high ridge for a mile and passed over a rolling country, with scattering pine timber, seven miles, to a stream flowing into the lake and running through a fertile valley. Leaving the south end of the lake, he went up a narrow valley, up a gently rising slope, for four miles, and ten miles more through rolling country, sparsely timbered with pine, little undergrowth, and plenty of grass. Then came a large prairie, stretching away towards the west beyond view; its soil being a black sandy loam. South of this is another high ridge, of six hundred feet elevation, and an easy ascent for a mile. From its summit the plain was seen towards the west and south, bounded only by the horizon, and the distant spurs of the Blue mountains. Several small streams run from the foot of these ridges to the west, forming by their junction the south branch of the Coeur d'Alene. For twenty-two miles to the southwest of this ridge he met neither wood nor water, though he crossed the dry bed of a stream at about...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913264
  • 9781236913265