Publication: The Neale Publishing Company, 1910, New York and Washington
First edition. 8vo. Edited by I. D. Affleck. Original cloth, titles stamped in gilt on front cover and spine, 321 pp. The most important account of stagecoach and freight service in Texas. Much on the Castro colony and San Antonio. BTB 181 says "For nearly thirty years, Santleben ran this remarkable stage and freight line against all odds. He remarks that he personally conducted journeys in South and West Texas totalling over 126,000 miles--more than most of the ranger and explorer expeditions travelled combined." "From Santleben we learn in great detail every aspect of the stage business. Sadly, the coming of the railroad put Santleben & Company out of business and the old man spent his last years as a San Antonio ward politician in charge of city sanitation." Dobie p. 79 says "Best treatise available on freighting on Chihuahua Trail." Walter Campbell said that "there is nothing better in its field." and Robert Krick called the book "a Texas classic of considerable scarcity." Former owner's stamped name on front free fly leaf, spine somewhat darkened and cloth moderately rubbed, else a very good, tight copy of a rare and important book.
Inventory Number: 48344