Sutter’s Flats is located a mere 10 miles from the Mexican border, roughly 100 miles west of San Antonio. The town rests in a region of low, grassy hills dotted with the occasional cottonwood tree.
Although the Bayou Vermilion railroad passes relatively nearby, there is no direct rail access to the town and no regular stage routes service it. In short, Sutter’s Flat is a town
travelers pass through quickly, assuming they ever get there in the first place.
Sutter’s Flats consists, in its entirety, of a livery, general store, and a small saloon named The Lonely Crow. The town is little more than a supply point for the few local ranchers and a place for their hands to spend money on Saturday nights. Sutter’s Flats isn’t even large enough to support a part-time marshal.
Any stop in town inevitably leads to a visit to either the general store or The Lonely Crow, mainly because there’s nowhere else to go.
This is where you are. How and why you got here is up to you, partner.
The Lonely Crow: This watering hole also has two dusty rooms for rent by the day, week, or month. The rooms are nearly always unoccupied. On alternate Sunday mornings, a circuit-riding
preacher commandeers the main room of the Lonely Crow to host his sparsely attended sermons.
The Lonely Crow serves coffee, lunch, and dinner. Both meals consist generally of beans, although sometimes it may have another type of beans, and on special occasions, beans with a hunk of bacon. The bar sports a wide range of alcohol from watered-down whiskey to watered-down tequila…with nothing in between.
Pettinger’s Supply: The general store’sowner, Frank Pettinger, keeps most common items on his shelf, but at a 25% mark-up due to the difficulty of keeping them in stock.