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October 26, 2007

Manuscript Map of Walker County, Texas

153. [MAP]. [WALKER COUNTY, TEXAS]. Untitled manuscript map of Walker County, Texas. N.p., n.d. [1870s or 1880s]. Ink on very thin, translucent, sized cartographical tracing cloth. Overall sheet size: 49 x 47 cm. Except for light foxing, very fine. Contemporary blue pencil alternations to map.

            The map shows land holders, waterways, and railroads; the only town shown is Huntsville. The Houston and Great Northern Railroad, which went out of existence in 1873, is shown running through the county, but this may be due to the map being anachronistic. Walker County lies in Southeast Texas on the Trinity River. Bidai Indians occupied what is now Huntsville (the county seat) when the first Anglo-American settlers moved in during the middle 1830s. The county was created and organized in 1846 and named for Robert J. Walker. In 1863 the honoree of the name was changed to Samuel H. Walker because Robert J. Walker was a Unionist. Because of Reconstruction woes, the county was put under martial law in 1871. The Sam Houston National Forest covers approximately a third of the county. ($1,000-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,175.00

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