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For Sale: "Most Complete, Correct Map Ever Compiled and Drawn" of Dallas. From 1882.

For Sale: "Most Complete, Correct Map Ever Compiled and Drawn" of Dallas. From 1882.
Courtesy Heritage Auctions

Back in October 2010 Schutze and I really did spend a good half hour poring over The Official Map of Dallas from 1875, which Heritage Auctions never did did sell off; guess the $1,500 asking price was a bit steep, though I see here you're still free to make the owner an offer. I also see Heritage now has a companion piece up for grabs: another historic map of Dallas prepared for Morrison & Fourmy's City Directory in 1882. Says the description:

Black and white map, measuring 31" x 23", giving a bird's eye view of the city of Dallas with land divided into lots which are numerically designated. Also includes several rail lines that serviced the Dallas area, streets, cemeteries, parks, and the Old Fair Grounds. Certified that "this is the most complete and correct Map ever compiled and drawn of the City of Dallas ... from field-notes and actual surveys Dallas. April 22d A. D. 1878" with three facsimile signatures of the City Engineer and two "Late" City Engineers.

More beautiful than its fancier predecessor, this map's sitting at a $500 bid at present as part of Heritage's next Texana Signature Auction . Click here to enlarge. Is that big enough for you?


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