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Who Built the Bluebonnet House? See the Facts: Bluebonnet House Part 3

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In 1855, Logan was preparing for a cattle drive to sell a large herd in New Orleans. He, along with his younger brother Zachary and 3 other men, left Burnet some time that year. There were two possible reasons for the drive. One, Fort Croghan was closed, and he had been selling beef to the army posted there until December, 1853. Two, there was a serious drought taking place in that part of the state, and droughts and livestock don’t mix very well. On June 18, 1855, Logan sent a letter back to his father William in Burnet (letter copies obtained from the Dolph Briscoe Center, Austin. TX). “I write few lines this evening. I am well… I will cross the Sabine tomorrow morning. There is the most unfeeling set of people in this country I have ever met in all my life. They find me a tolerable tough customer… they have going into these pens for which they charge 3 cents per head. The ferriage at each river cost about thirty dollars. East at the Neches, at a little town named Beaumont, they caught me in hock… they got my stock. This plan did not suit me so I opened a gap and took them to the ferry landing. He ordered me not to break his pens. I kept opening until I got the gap to suit me. I told him that I have possession of the place and would keep it until I got my stock over the river, and if he did not close his mouth and take a seat I would kill him. He took me at my word… When I was through I settled with him, paid him $25 and gave him my name and residence and left.”

Later, as Logan crossed over the Sabine River to finally be in Louisiana a following letter was sent to William showing that the cattle drive was turning in another direction, and that direction was not good.