AUCTION 23

 
 

Promotional Pocket Map for Lands
in the Trinity Valley of East Texas

 
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246. [MAP]. BROMLEY-LEWIS LAND COMPANY. Sectional Map of Texas Compliments of Bromley-Lewis Land Company 524-526 Sunderland Building 15th and Harney Omaha, Nebraska... [inset text upper left] The Trinity Valley of East Texas Offers Great Agricultural Opportunities.... [inset text lower left] Join Our Excursions...to Our Lands in the Trinity Valley of East Texas.... [company lands and route to them shown in bright red].Omaha, 1909. Lithograph map of Texas in red and black. Neat line to neat line: 53.5 x 56 cm; overall sheet size: 54.7 x 57.7 cm, folded into original beige paper pocket covers. Two folds with short splits (no losses), a few minor spots, else fine. No copies recorded on OCLC.

     First edition. This apparently forgotten promotional is for lands in the Trinity Valley (encompassing parts of the counties of Liberty, Waller, San Jacinto, Hardin, Polk, and Tyler) in far East Texas, between Houston and Shreveport. Trinity Valley is touted as having the most productive and well-drained agricultural land in Texas, with two crops a year attainable, with “a more even climate than California.” Other bait includes oil drilling, good roads and railroads, “the Gulf breeze that tempers the summer heat,” numerous creeks with good flow to the Trinity and Neches Rivers, 40 inches of rain per year, etc. The promoters explain that the land is undeveloped because “the larger part has been held in large bodies by companies from an early date and has not been on the market at any price, much the same as an Indian reservation, which is not opened and settled by farmers.” To entice prospective buyers, Bromley-Lewis offers privately conducted excursions: “Arrange to go on one of these trips, see for yourself the wonderful opportunities there for YOU. On these trips we make special excursion rate.” This promoter must have taken lessons from a Texan. Texas is shown in its entirety with transportation routes well delineated.

($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $1,600.00; Price Realized: $1,960.00.

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