Manuscripts/Mixed Material [George Murray]
From Pontoon Crossing we went on by way of Pecos City, Texas, (this town is now called Pecos, Texas) and from there we headed in a Northwestern direction for the Sacramento Mountains, in New Mexico. The weather was getting cold and we needed protection for the cattle, as some of them were getting pretty weak. We passed thro'ugh Seven Rivers, New Mexico, which was about fifty miles north of Roswell, New Mexico. Seven Rivers was in Lincoln County at that time. From there we went to Penasco country, in the Sacramento mountains, in New Mexico, where Joe Sloan left five hundred head of the weakest cattle in a pasture, for the winter. We came out of the Sacramento mountains at Tularosa, New Mexico, and to the north of the White Sands, thro'ugh Mocking Bird Gap, in the [Organ?] mountains. We watered at Mal Pais springs, which is just at the foot of the Mal Pais, int the Organ Mountains, and from there we had to drive the cattle a distance of sixty five miles, witho'ut water, until we reached the Rio Grande River. We crossed the Rio Grande near what is now Hot Springs, New Mexico. At Lake Valley New Mexico, we ran into an awful snow storm. This was in Sierra County. I left the herd, just after crossing the line of New Mexico and Arizona, at Duncan, Arizona.
I came back to Moonshine Springs, about thirty-five miles east of Carrizozo, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. I stayed there for a few days and then came over to the [Block Ranch?], which is on the north side of the Capitan Mountains, in Lincoln County. This was in the spring of 1888. I went to work as a cow boy on the Block Ranch that spring. This was a very large ranch and was owned by the Thurber Brothers, of New York City. I do not remember the exact length of time I worked them.