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Fremont's famous ride

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:26 pm    Post subject: Fremont's famous ride Reply with quote

The ride of Col. Fremont in March, 1847, from the ciudad de los Angeles to Monterey—a distance of four hundred and twenty miles—and back, exhibits in a strong light the iron nerve of the rider, and the capacities of the California horse. The party on this occasion consisted of the colonel, his friend Don Jesuse Pico, and his servant, Jacob Dodson. Each had three horses, nine in all, to take their turn under the saddle, and relieve each other every twenty miles; while the six loose horses galloped ahead, requiring constant vigilance and action to keep on the path. The relays were brought under the saddle by the lasso, thrown by Don Jesuse or Jacob, who, though born and raised in Washington, in his long expeditions with Col. Fremont, had become expert as a Mexican with the lasso, sure as a mountaineer with the rifle, equal to either on horse or foot, and always a lad of courage and fidelity.

The party left Los Angeles on the morning of the 22nd, at daybreak and reached the rancho of Don Thomas Robbins—one hundred and twenty-five miles from the starting point—at twilight. Leaving here in the morning and reaching San Luis Obispo at nine that evening. Their next stop on the following day was at the Salinas, and from there they reached Monterey. They immediately started on the return journey to Los Angeles, making eight hundred and forty miles in about seventy-six hours, with actually but one relay of horses.
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