Map of Texas with Population and Location of Principal Towns and Cities According to Latest Reliable Statistics
Des Moines, Ia. Kenyon Company, 1909. Lithographic folding map printed in color, 19 x 21 inches. Folded and tipped into original printed red wrappers. Minor edge wear and light staining to wrappers. Short vertical split along one fold line at top, minor soiling. Very good. Item #2990
A rare and interesting promotional map of Texas produced specifically to tout the advantages of Fort Stockton, sponsored by the Fort Stockton Irrigated Lands Company. The cover title reads, "Map of Texas Showing Location of Greatest Irrigating Project That Has Been Opened for Settlement in Years." The counties within the state of Texas are printed in different colors, and the whole of the state is outlined in red. The location of Fort Stockton is indicated with a large red square and a pointing finger, and labeled by name and with statistics for altitude, rainfall, and mean temperatures in Summer and Winter. The margins (essentially Oklahoma and Mexico) are emblazoned with promotional text regarding Fort Stockton. The Oklahoma blurb, in all caps, reads, "SEE THE FINEST FRUIT AND ALFALFA VALLEY IN AMERICA AT FORT STOCKTON, TEXAS. NOT CHEAPER LAND BUT BETTER LAND AND GREATER PROFITS." The promotional text beneath Texas at left includes a ten-point list of advantages for Fort Stockton speculators, and is sponsored by the Fort Stockton Irrigated Lands Company. The verso of the map is printed with a Texas city listing, including population, and keyed to their location on the map. The wrappers are printed with ads for Fort Stockton and the Pecos Valley; the inside front cover prints a listing of "Railroad Fares" from various American cities to Pecos, Texas, since the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad had not yet finished its spur line to Fort Stockton. OCLC lists just one copy of this map, at Texas Tech.