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44. [MAP]. BREWSTER COUNTY, TEXAS. Untitled manuscript plat map executed in sepia ink, showing the area around modern-day Marathon, Texas, divided into blocks and house lots, showing Blocks 4, 8, 9, and 10. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1881?]. Sheet size: 61.1 x 90.8 cm. Creased where formerly folded, a few minor voids, otherwise fine.

     The area shown is in northeastern Presidio County (now Brewster County, which was separated from Presidio County in 1887), near its boundary line with Pecos County. The town of Marathon lay along the Southern Pacific Railroad route and was founded when railroad crews reached the area in March 1882, although a few settlers and ranchers already lived in the region. Apparently, what is intended to be shown on the map is a scheme to sell town lots in anticipation of the railroad’s arrival, since the railroad itself is not shown. The surrounding countryside (extending east to Sanderson, southeast to the Rio Grande, northeast to Fort Davis and Leon Holes, and northwest to Fort Davis) is wildly out of perspective, and those features were included apparently to give just a general idea of where the town sites were located in relation to the larger geographical picture. Shown are the towns of Longfellow, Taber, Emerson, Murpheysville, Lenox, Strobel, Rosenfeld, and Mason Springs. Among ranches located are Miller, Corbett, Ellis and Kinkaid. Some streams are shown, such as Pena Blanca and Sanderson Creek. ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $2,400.00; Price Realized: $2,820.00

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