Detail View: John Russell Bartlett Collection: JRB002

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Castle Mountain Pass, Texas
Castle Gap, west central Texas
October 29, 1850
Image technique: 
Pencil, sepia, and wash on coarse-textured paper
Image dimensions: 
9.2 x 11.6 inches
Narrative description: 
View of a mountain pass. Bartlett is known to have stopped at Castle Mountain Pass to have a wagon repaired on October 29, 1850, and although there is no date or signature associated with this drawing, it is thought to have been created then. Pratt, to whom this drawing has sometimes been attributed, probably did not follow the same route through the Castle Mountain Pass. The upper left of the recto reads (in ink): "Castle mountains, Texas;" the upper left of the verso reads (in pencil): "Castle Mr. Texas;" on the back lower left (in ink) is "Castle Mountain Pass, Texas."
Related drawing: none. Personal Narrative derivative: vol. 1, p. 91. Castle Mountain Pass, approximately 15 miles east of the Pecos River and more commonly known as Castle Gap, is an east-west notch eroded in a broad limestone-capped mesa.
John Russell Bartlett
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