Alamo. Sure he was right, "Old Davy" went ahead from that spot on his first and last trip through Texas -- to the seat of war; and to his glorious death.
In taking the picture of this old stump -- all that now remains of the historic old tree -- I also fixed the beginning of Crockett's tour across the wild province of Texas in that summer of 1835 [*]. This trail is shown on the sketch on page 20, starting from the old cottonwood tree south of Red River, thence south three miles, to the crossing of Pine Creek, thence southeasterly with the general course of Red River approximately 20 miles to the old Mound City, now called Bryarly. Crockett's trail into Texas left the old Trammel Trace after crossing Pine Creek, going down Red River past the Basin's Mill on what was called early in the history of this county, Basin's Mill Creek, and in later years known as Collier's Creek. This outline is in accordance with a report given by parties or citizens of Red River County, old Uncle Henry Stout and Mrs. Isabella H. Clark Gordon being two of the citizens that saw and talked to David Crockett.
This trail of Crockett's, after leaving Mound City, turned south,
reaching the divide between Sulphur and Red River. As stated, Crockett
spent his first night in Texas in the home of Old Man John Stiles. He
was desirous of seeing another friend then located in Red River County,
so Mr. Stiles went with him out to the edge of the prairie