|A Natural Arch similar to that found in the Turtle's Range of California.|
Photo by Library of Congress Prints
“My feet were lagging; my shins were barked and aching, for in the rush I had neglected to be careful. Turning a sudden corner in the gulch, I came upon a natural bridge that spanned the canyon. It was so odd, so regular in the outline of an arch that I could only stand and admire it. Beneath its shade, the most cooling place in the hell-hole, I found a large sandy area and there sank down to rest.
“While idly scratching the sand, its peculiarity attracted my closer attention. I got down on my knees and started to blow the dust away, and before me I had a great pocket of precious metal, gold that averaged the size of wheat grains. I filled several pockets with the heavy grains and, with all thought of thirst forgotten, hurried excitedly down the canyon to impart the news of the find to Crocker.”
After arriving at the buckboard Fish had to wait for several hours before Crocker showed up again. Crocker finally showed up hours later despairing that he hadn’t found any water where he went. At that moment gold was the last thing on their minds because all their thoughts were their quest for water, and the nearest water was in the