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Spanish Explorers : Garces - Crossing the Mojave

Past Old Camp Cady

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a league and a half northwest. I halted in the same arroyo. There is much grass.

Mar. 15. I traveled two leagues westnorthwest] ; then quitting the arroyo I traveled southwest until I fell into it again, and continued therein with some inclination to the south. Having gone four leagues (I came to where) there were good grass, large cotton- woods, cranes, and crows of the kind that there is at San Gabriel.

Mar. 17. At the passage of the river the mule mired down, and wetted was all that he was carrying, and for this did I tarry here. This day I dispatched one Jamajab and Sevastian, that they should seek the inhabited rancherias. I observed, and found this


" No entry for the 16th, and that for the 15th defective, owing to hiatus in our copy, which I fill up in brackets from the Beaumont MS. and the pub. Doc. Hence it appears that about this time Garces passes what was once a notable point on the Mojave river—the site of Camp Cady. This military post was occupied when I came by, Nov. 4, 1865, 16 miles from my camp at the Caves already mentioned. I find the following in my journal of that day: "Half a day's pull through heavy sandy and gravelly washes brought us to this Godforsaken Botany Bay of a place, the meanest I ever saw yet for a military station, where four officers and a handful of men manage to exist in some unexplained way in mud and brush hovels. The officers were Capt. West, Lieut. Forster, Lieut. Davidson, and Dr. Lauber—glad enough to see us—or anybody else."

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