THE PROMISED LAND
A Guthrie Joshua's Return and What He Saw A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey-Clear Streams, Sunny Hills and Beautiful Fertile Valleys
Submitted by: Mollie Stehno
February 2, 1891-Guthrie Daily News
A party of six gentlemen left Guthrie last week for the purpose of making a careful inspection of the lands of the Iowa and Sac and Fox territory; they traveled by wagon, returning to Guthrie late last night.
They report that in their opinion the best way to reach the lands of these countries is from Guthrie by three different roads. The north road by way of Iowa City, the central road on the north line of township sixteen and the third road by way of Tehee. By any of these three roads, starting at Guthrie, there will be found plenty of water, wood and grass. These roads extend to the east line of the Sac and Fox country.
The southern part of the Iowa country commencing at the south line of township sixteen, is well timbered and more broken, while north of that line it is generally open prairie of good rich soil and quite rolling.
This is also the case with the Sac and Fox lands, but the Sac and Fox lands north of the south line of township sixteen is more level and better watered, with beautiful valleys along each stream.
The numberless small streams with clear running water and rock bottoms makes it almost impossible to find a quarter section of and that is not watered by some one of these beautiful streams. Growths of timber skirt all these streams and occasionally groves of beautiful trees will be found upon the open prairie, making beautiful and picturesque scenery.
They found in nearly all the streams black bass that would weigh from two to three or four pounds. All the streams contain fish of some kinds.
Building stone is very plentiful in the central part of the Sac and Fox country, limestone being found in great quantities. They also report a superabundance of game of all kinds.
The party came though the city of Langston, which is one mile, south of Iowa City and a half mile west of the Iowa line. Langston contains one shanty without even a window in it. They saw but two men holding down the townsite.
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