Publication: Poole Bros, 1909, Chicago
A rare promotional map of Texas showing railroad routes across the state and prevailing agricultural products of specific regions. This copy was produced for a real estate agent named Thad W. Ward, "The Texas Land Man" from Quincy, Illinois, with the wrappers and an inset of the map bearing his name and his halftone portrait on the verso of the front wrap. The map delineates in bold the lines of the Texas Pacific, which traversed the state from Texarkana to El Paso, and the International & Great Northern, which ran from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Laredo and from Fort Worth to Galveston, both of which connected to the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. The state is sectioned with orange borders, and captioned with the supposed leading business ventures of that area. Some, such as "General Farming" and "Oil Fields," are somewhat generic; others, such as "Winter Vegetable Gardens," are oddly specific. A small inset map at the upper left shows the St Louis & Iron Mountain routes to Texas from Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana, with a caption advertising, "Round-Trip Homeseekers' Rates to All Parts of Texas on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of Each Month." OCLC locates three copies, at Texas A&M, Hardin-Simmons, and UTSA, each with promotional material for different companies and agents. Folding map, 21.25 x 23.5 inches. Original printed wrappers. Wraps creased, with a few short closed tears at edges. Two separations along map fold lines, affecting one letter of text, light dust soiling, else a good plus map.
Inventory Number: 46261