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David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Galveston, Houston, & Henderson Railroad
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United States of America.
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United States
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United States of America.
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Galveston, Houston, & Henderson Railroad
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Texas Of The United States Of America, Shewing The Galveston, Houston, & Henderson Rail Road. King, Lith. 63 Queen St. New Cannon St. London. (on verso) United States Of America.
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Hand colored map of Texas showing railroads open, under construction, and the main line of the Galveston, Houston & Henderson railroad in red. On the verso is a map of the U.S. with Texas colored in pink, showing connections of Texas railroads to the U.S. lines. This is probably the first railroad map of Texas. The first railroad map of Texas listed in Modelski is Modelski 551, Map of Texas showing the Sabine and Galveston Bay Railroad, 1859. The earliest in Day is the 1861 Map of the Buffalobayou (Day 135). Although undated, this map is clearly derived from the 1857 Colton atlas map of Texas; and the Galveston, Houston, & Henderson Railroad was raising money in London (where this map was published, probably to accompany a bond prospectus) and Paris in 1857 to finance expansion. Further, the county formation shown on the map is consistent with an 1857 date, and the map of the United States on the verso is taken from The Modern Atlas by H.G. Collins, London, 1855. The railroad development shown on the Texas map would indicate 1857: the Galveston, Houston & Henderson is completed from Galveston to Houston, with a proposed extension to Fredonia, in Rusk County; the Buffalobayou, Brazos, Colorado and Richmond line is completed from Harrisburg to the Brazos River; the Houston and Texas Central is complete from Houston north to Washington; and the Houston Tap railroad is shown (with no name) from Houston over to the Buffalobayou line. No copies of this map were located in Texas institutions (or any other holdings in the U.S.). The Rosenberg Library has a map titled "Texas Etas Unis D'Amerique Trace du Chemin de Fer de Galveston a Houston et Henderson, "lithographed in Paris, which probably accompanied the French bond prospectus - and is clearly derived from this London edition. The Galveston, Houston & Henderson was one of the first railroads incorporated in Texas. The extension from Houston north to Fredonia that was to be financed by the bond issue that occas
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Copyright 1998
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