Pioneering the Trail




The Black Pool

"...Passed a large spring some forty yards to the left of   the road. A great many names are carved in the rocks around. We learned   from the inscriptions the [Edmonson Cherokee/white] ox team company left that they had passed there on the 17th..." May 25, 1850 Quesenbury Diary 

Brown of the all Cherokee Company  25 miles east of Black Pool recorded " May 30..passed the ruins of Ft. Mann..."

"May 31 traveled 25 miles today...crossing of the Santa Fe road  Maj. FitzPatrick, Indian agent, was there paying Indian annuities to the (6) different tribes..."

4 June " 3 or 4 m. Santafee road_____3/4d crossed riv. and at the crossing we met with some Indian traiders encamped with furs peltries etc...we went a few miles further and meet with 11 waggons going to St. Lewis lowded with buffalow robes  they said they had 7000 on the largest waggons." 1849 Crawford Diary

[Seth Ward and Wm. Guerrier]