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October 26, 2007


130. [MAP]. TEXAS. GENERAL LAND OFFICE. Map of Menard County, Texas. Lithographed by August Gast & Cos. New Process, St. Louis. Copyright 1879. W. C. Walsh, Commissioner of the Genl. Land Office of the State of Texas. [St. Louis: Gast, 1879]. Lithographed map (backed and reconsolidated on archival tissue), overall sheet size: 45.4 x 61 cm. Blank margins chipped with moderate losses, numerous minor losses in image area, fair copy only of a rare map.

            First edition. Day, p. 98. The area appears well developed west of Menardville, along the north bank of the San Saba River, where the numerous lots extending to the Crockett County line give an example of unusual long lot development in Texas. Many lots, especially in the northern and southern extremities of the county, belong to railroads.

            Menard County lies on the Edwards Plateau of Southwest Texas. It is said that Coronado explored the San Saba Valley during his search for Quivira in 1541, and the lore of valuable minerals in the region has a long history.  The Spanish established Mission San Saba de la Santa Cruz for the Apaches near the town of Menard (county seat), but in 1757 a large confederation of Comanche and allied Texas tribes destroyed the mission. The old fort is located but the mission is not. The county was created in 1848, and after Fort McKavett opened in 1853, pioneer cattlemen settled in the area. The county was named for Michel B. Menard, entrepreneur and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. ($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $235.00

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