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    Texas Pacific Railway Company. Map of Stephens County. Texas. [N.p., 1870s]. Lithographed map with manuscript outlining in red and some land sections colored yellow. 47.6 x 40.6 cm (18 ¾" x 16"). 1" = 4000 varas. At upper left is the seal of the Land Department, Texas & Pacific Railway Company, Marshall, Texas, below that is: M. Strickland, Lith. Galveston. Faint browning, a few splits and minor voids at old folds. Neatly mounted on acid-free Japanese tissue.

    Texas railroad companies issued many county maps in this period to document their land holdings and to plan further acquisitions. At the same time the railroads were publishing their maps, the Texas General Land Office was also documenting Texas with its own series of county maps. The maps demonstrate the growing sophistication of mapping and provide important record of Texas of the period.

    The first white settler in Stephens County in North Central Texas was John R. Baylor, who supposedly built a log cabin on the Clear Fork in 1857. The county was created in 1858 and initially named Buchanan County in honor of James Buchanan, but in 1861, the name was changed to Stephens to honor Alexander H. Stephens of the Confederate States of America. The county saw hard times in the Civil War; about a hundred people "forted up" at Fort Davis, and the Kiowa and the Comanche tribes raided Big Caddo Creek. The county was organized in 1876, and Breckenridge was made county seat. Courtesy of Michael Heaston, Austin. The high bid placed by via mail, fax, the Internet or telephone will be entered as the opening bid for the lot during the live portion of the silent auction.

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