1885, "Map of Texas for Poor's Manual," Rand McNally

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"Map of Texas for Poor’s Manual of Railroads for 1885," Poor’s Manual of Railroads, Chicago. (Image: 8 1/4"" high x 10 1/4" wide). Unlike most 19th Century American maps, this small, handsome map is dated on its face, just below the border, at bottom right: "Copyright 1884 by Rand McNally & Co. 1884." It is an original relief line engraving printed from a wax engraved plate. "Texas" is engraved across the face of the map, something you do not often see. The colors are yellow, orange, pink, brown and green. City and county names are clear and sharp. The map reflects all railroad lines but is not particularly detailed due to its size. It is printed on only one side of a fold-out page, and there is a chart attached to the reverse with charts relating to: "Mileage, Liabilities, Cost of Road and Equipment and Rolling Stock, all companies"; and "Traffic Operations and Gross Earnings, Operating Companies." The names of all railway companies in Texas in 1885 are listed in these charts. The map is in excellent condition on quality, light weight paper. Some of the interesting places noted on this map: Fort Sabine in Jefferson County; Old Fort Terrell in Crockett County; and Camp Wood in Edwards County.

 
 

   

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