Christmas dinner on the Upper Brazos in 1872

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“In the fall of 1872, I took a contract to locate 600 sections of land for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, on what showed in all our geographies of that day, as Llano Estacado desert lands, without wood or water….I outfitted my party in Waco. This brace consisted of sixteen men and three ox teams. I was to be jointed by a similar party from San Antonio up near Camp Colorado or Fort Griffin

I began my survey at the mouth of the Sweetwater Creek, where it falls into the Elm Fork (Note—this is Clear Fork of the Brazos) of the Brazos, about the Southwest corner of Jones and the Southeast corner of Fisher. It was a cold, sleety day and we were hunting and surveying along the creek in search of a corner to make our starting connections…

My locations began at this point and covered nearly all of Fisher County except for a few old surveys about the middle of the county along the river, which had been made prior to the (Civil) war. My survey extended up to the foot of the Double Mountains.

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