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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
June 9th, 1859 -- Started very early, awful hot and dusty, got in sight of Court House Rock apparently a mile or so from the road. We had a great dispute about the distance, and two of the boys, Powell and Harper, have been out, and are now coming in, convinced no doubt of their error, as they reluctantly acknowledge that they travelled about five miles before they reached it. We are now past it and in full view of Chimney Rock.

Travelled about twenty miles. We crossed a creek by the Stage Station, also another just at noon. They are both nice streams. There was a boy got lost last knight hunting stock. He lay down and when he awoke he found himself close to our camp. We gave him something to eat and put him on the right road. Harper and I visited Courthouse Rock this afternoon. It is a huge rock, about two hundred and fifty feet high, with four off sets extending the whole length. The top platform is one hundred feet in length, some places twelve feet wide, one place it runs to an edge. At the base it is about three hundred feet in length and one hundred and fifty in diameter. Beyond it a few rods runs a beautiful creek. This rock is said to be ten miles from the road but it is about six.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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