1882, "New Rail Road & County Map of Southern Part of Texas"

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"New Rail Road and County Map of Southern Part of Texas, "George Franklin Cram, Chicago, 1882. (Image: 19 ½" wide x 11 ½" high). Large, copperplate engraved with original hand coloring in pink and pale blue. State lines outlined in red. Absolutely stunning and very, very  rarely seen. Cram, was a noted Civil War veteran, writer and illustrator, who began publishing in 1867. This may have been his finest map of Texas. The inset is the Big Bend area, entitled "Western Part of Texas." The scale is listed as 36 miles to one inch. Railroad lines are shown; one station in 1881 was Crawford in McLennan County. Military forts include Fort Leaton, Fort Lancaster and Camp Hudson. Also, Fort Ewell and Waugh’s Ranch in LaSalle County. Some of the other interesting places: Gallagher’s Ranch in Medina County, Perry’s Landing in Brazoria County, where slaves were traded in the antebellum era. Spencer’s Rancho, Hard’s Pass, Wild Rose Pass, Dead Man’s Pass and the Frico Water Hole in Bandera County. This map is in excellent condition.



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