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Texas & Pacific Railway Company Land Sales Map for Dimmit County

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365.     [MAP]. TEXAS & PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY. Dimmit County, Texas. Office, Land Department, Texas & Pacific Rail Co., Marshall, Texas….. 187_. [to left of title under scale at top] Lithographed by August Gast & Cos Process. [St. Louis, 1879?]. Lithograph map on bank note paper, unsold lands of Texas & Pacific Railway Co. colored in yellow. Overall sheet size: 43 x 55 cm; border to border (some sections of map outside border, primarily edges of contiguous counties): 36.2 x 50.8 cm. Creased where formerly folded, one small spot at lower left blank margin, small smudge at top of map below title, otherwise very fine. It is very difficult to find these county maps in decent condition, because they were working maps.

     This is among the earliest printed maps of Dimmit County, adapted from the first official printed map (1879), which was also done by lithographer Gast for the General Land Office. As was typical, railroads were often paid for their expenses with land grants, such as the one shown here. The T&P Railroad enjoyed a federal charter, which gave it certain rights and obligations to prefer federal service over more local needs. It was intended that this railroad would extend to California and form part of the transcontinental system.

     Dimmit County is situated astride the Nueces River in the Mexican border region, and its county seat is Carrizo Springs. The county was created in 1858 and named for Philip Dimitt, staunch Texas patriot who drafted the Goliad Declaration of Independence. Mexican settlements made under the colonization law in 1834 were not successful. Permanent settlement came in 1865 with stock raisers who drove their cattle up the Chisholm Trail.


Sold. Hammer: $325.00; Price Realized: $390.00

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