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October 26, 2007

Rare Land Office Map of Knox County, Texas

129. [MAP]. TEXAS. GENERAL LAND OFFICE. Knox County. [top left] I, W. C. Walsh, Commissioner of the General Land Office, do hereby certify that this map is a true and correct copy of the Original Map now in use in this Office compiled from official data [facsimile signature] W. C. Walsh Commissioner. [below title] General Land Office March 24th. [top right] Copyright 1879. W. C. Walsh Commissioner of the General Land Office of the State of Texas. [St. Louis: August Gast, 1880]. Lithograph map, recent professional backing. Overall sheet size: 40 x 45.2 cm (trimmed at bottom with loss of imprint and neat lines). We have had this map only once before, in the Maddox collection now in the Texas General Land Office.

            First edition. Not in Day. The series of official Texas county maps lithographed by the Gast Company for the General Land Office were literally used up by land developers, railroad companies, surveyors, and others infected with the lure of the land. Most of the county is shown taken up by land grants to the Central Texas Railroad Company and the Houston and Texas Central Railway. Individual land holdings are indicated by name, in some cases, with David G. Burnet being a substantial land owner in the southern part of the county.

            Knox County in Northwest Texas on the Wichita River was created in February of 1858 from lands formerly assigned to Young and Bexar Counties, but it not completely organized until 1886. The county takes its name from Henry Knox, Secretary of War in George Washington’s first cabinet. Benjamin is the county seat. Captain Robert D. Goree, who came to Northwest Texas in 1882 as a cattleman, opened up the land to agriculture by migrants from older states and Germany. ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $325.00; Price Realized: $381.88

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