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

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“In camp about ten miles east of the Sabine River. We crossed the river this morning and lost nothing and met two gentlemen from the city but left the city… They went down with beef cattle they couldn’t sell for any price, left the stock with their merchant and came home… I am not discouraged nor will I be as long as I have hope of life. I will dismiss the most of my men in a short time. I will stay on the Mentow River. The range is good. I will stay there until I can get a fair price for my stock. Will let you know where to direct your letter when I stop. The cholera is raging in New Orleans.”

How ironic those words Logan wrote, “as long as I have hope of life” and “the cholera is raging.”His sky was about to fall. A cholera pandemic was raging in New Orleans but nothing like the yellow fever. Letter from J.C. Brantley, Logan’s foreman on the cattle drive and one of the two surviving members, to a friend in Burnet, September 10, 1855, La Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, “Am sorry to inform you that out of the five left here I am alone well and glad to say that I am well. Both Vans and Bob is no more. Logan died on the second, Z (Zachary) on the fourth, and R (Robert/Bob) on the 9th… Logan was taken on the boat up to Valley Rose… and I waited on all three. They all lay five days. The beaves is not quite sold yet. About thirty is on hand yet… I have seen several things to hurt but this beats all. Yellow fever takes the lead.”

Had he made it back to Texas, many have speculated that he would have played a significant part in the state’s government. Some say he might have even eventually become the Governor of Texas. Logan Vandeveer was only 40 years old. His brother Zachary was 37.