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    Real Estate Promotional City Plan for Lazare, Texas. 20" x 17", circa 1909. Printed on good quality bank note paper, this detailed city plan shows business and residential lots, a large park, and an adjacent "School Reserve $10,000 School Building to go here." Penciled additions give the dimensions of the lots and mostly relate to a specific lot apparently being considered for sale. The Quanah, Acme and Pacific R.R. transects the town with a depot, cotton platform and cattle pens. A wonderful example of the ambitious proposed new town development shortly after the Quanah Railroad was chartered in 1909.

    Harry Koch, father of the billionaire Koch brothers, was a founding director and large shareholder in the railroad. He used his newspaper in Quanah to promote the development of the town that apparently never took root. Never populated by more than a couple of hundred residents, today it exists only as a name on a map. This is the only copy known. OCLC notes a variant with a misspelled town name, but shows no locations for it. The date of circa 1909 is based on the fact that the school referred to on the map to be built was built in 1910, so this map is likely the original promotional map. A small ranching community, the town was named after Lazare Baker, grandson of the president of the railroad.

    Condition: Flattened vertical and horizontal folds, a few small, clean tears repaired with archival tape along folds. Pencil notations and marks have been made by an unknown hand. Very fine.

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