All Eyes on Texas [caption title]. Texas, Railroads.

All Eyes on Texas [caption title]

Cameron, Tx. [ca. 1890s]. Broadside, 12 x 8 inches. Previously folded. Short separation at right edge of old central fold, a couple of short closed tears at edges. Light wear and dust soiling. About very good. Item #1857

A promotional broadside published by the International & Great Northern Railroad from their land office in Cameron, Texas, that touts the advantages of the central and eastern swaths of the state, with a focus on agriculture and particularly the Texas peaches, which are continually being sold at “fancy prices.” The preponderance of the text gives facts and statistics concerning Texas, some of which seem quite plausible ("more prairie land than Kansas; more fine timber land than Michigan"), while others are downright duplicitous ("the summers are long but not oppressively hot").

The principal line of the International & Great Northern traversed Texas from Texarkana to Laredo via Austin and San Antonio, with branches to Houston and Galveston, Waco, and Bryan. At the end of the 1890s, the International & Great Northern, the Missouri Pacific, the Texas & Pacific, and the Iron Mountain Railroads were all controlled by Jay Gould, and operated as one system although they remained separate entities, and the conclusion of the text mentions that tickets from each of these companies are valid. Ephemeral, and not in OCLC.

Price: $450.00