Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Parks Board:

An Inventory of State Parks Board Big Bend National Park Files at the Texas State Archives, 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1957, bulk 1941-1942



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Parks Board.
Title: State Parks Board Big Bend National Park files
Dates: 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1957
Dates: bulk 1941-1942
Abstract: The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The primary function of the Texas State Parks Board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. Following Congressional action in June 1935 and state legislative action in 1939 the Parks Board began acquiring land for the creation of the Big Bend National Park. Records present in this series include incoming and outgoing correspondence, abstracts of title, land worksheets, deeds, legal filings, court filings, notes, clippings, brochures, guides, newsletters, photos, and maps. Dates covered are 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1957, bulk 1941-1942. The bulk of the files concern the acquisition of land by the State of Texas for Big Bend National Park.
Quantity: 20.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 (Senate Bill 73, 38th Legislature, First Called Session) to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The State Parks Board was initially composed of five members, appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate to six-year terms, and they were to be state officers. The number of board members increased to six in 1937 (Senate Bill 484, 45th Legislature, Regular Session). This board was to begin locating sites for the establishment of the state parks system. It later directed and managed state parks, except the historical parks that were managed by the Texas State Board of Control or several separate commissions. The Parks Board was also charged with locating, designating, and marking historic grounds, battlegrounds, and other historic sites in the state, and erecting markers and monuments at such sites. The board also had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties.

The primary function of the board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. In 1933 the board received federal aid through several New Deal programs, making possible the development of 31 state parks by 1941. Most of this work was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in conjunction with the National Park Service (largely through its Emergency Conservation Work program); additional work was done by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and National Youth Administration. The CCC work in Texas began in June 1933 and ended in 1941. The CCC developed 56 parks in Texas. Most are still public parks including 31 parks in the state park system.

The history of Big Bend National Park began in 1933 with the creation of Big Bend State Park on 15 sections of land in the vicinity of Santa Elena, Mariscal, and Boquillas canyons on the Rio Grande in southern Brewster County. Later that year the Chisos Mountains were added to the park acreage. In January 1934 the National Park Service recommended the site become a national park and called for the establishment of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The United States Congress passed the enabling legislation on June 20, 1935, stipulating that acquisition of the park acreage "shall be secured...only by public and private donations." The Texas State Parks Board was authorized by the 46th Legislature in 1939 to purchase land for Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, Texas (Senate Bill 123, Regular Session) The Board was authorized to pay no more than $2.00 an acre, exclusive of improvements made to the land. The State Parks Board, through appropriations of $1.5 million by the 47th Texas Legislature, had purchased most of the land by 1942. During much of the 1941-1942 period while the Board was actively pursing land for the park, it maintained an office in Alpine, Texas to handle most of the land acquisition duties. The land purchase program activities were carried out by the Big Bend Land Department, a division of the Texas State Parks Board. Although several thousand acres remained in private hands, the park opened to the public in 1944. The last of the park's original acreage was purchased through Congressional appropriations in 1972. Additional purchases have added to the park's size in recent years through more Congressional appropriations.

In 1949, the state historical parks were transferred from the State Board of Control to the State Parks Board, except for the San Jacinto Battlefield, the Battleship Texas, and the Fannin Battlefield, which were still controlled by their respective commissions--the San Jacinto Battlefield Commission, the Battleship Texas Commission, and the Fannin Battlefield Commission (House Bill 120, 51st Legislature, Regular Session). In 1963, the Texas State Parks Board and the Texas Game and Fish Commission were merged to form the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) (House Bill 21, 58th Legislature, Regular Session).

(Sources: Enabling legislation; Handbook of Texas Online,"State Parks Board" article (accessed June 2005) and Handbook of Texas Online, "Big Bend National Park" article (accessed October 2006); and from information found in the Parks Board records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The primary function of the Texas State Parks Board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. Following Congressional action in June 1935 and state legislative action in 1939 the Parks Board began acquiring land for the creation of the Big Bend National Park. Records present include incoming and outgoing correspondence, abstracts of title, land worksheets, deeds, legal filings, vouchers, notes, clippings, brochures, guides, newsletters, photos, and maps. Dates covered are 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1957, bulk 1941-1942. The bulk of the files concern the acquisition of land by the State of Texas for Big Bend National Park. Some of the land was donated, most was purchased. In many cases, disputes over pricing, disputes among heirs and other issues led to condemnation lawsuits in order to acquire the land for the park. The land for the park was turned over to the National Park Service in 1943, the park opened to the public in 1944 and it was formally dedicated in 1955. Some of the files concern concessions operations at the park in the 1950s and the dedication of the park. The bulk of the correspondence is from the Big Bend Land Department of the Texas State Parks Board to land owners. Other correspondents include National Park Service officials, state agencies, local officials, insurance companies, and others.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

The records are organized into three series by State Archives staff:
Executive correspondence and program dedication files, 1941, 1943, 1946-1957, bulk 1951-1955, 1 cubic ft.
Land purchase program correspondence and subject files, 1883, 1912, 1934-1944, bulk 1941-1942, 1.5 cubic ft.
Land acquisition files, 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1945, 1956, bulk 1941-1942, 17.75 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

A few of the maps may be too large to photocopy.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. State Parks Board-- Appropriations and expenditures.
United States. National Park Service.
Subjects:
Parks--Planning--Texas.
Government purchasing of real property--Texas.
Land titles--Registration and transfer--Texas.
Eminent domain--Texas.
Places:
Big Bend National Park (Tex.)
Document Types:
Correspondence--Big Bend National Park (Tex.)--1909-1957, bulk 1941-1942
Correspondence--Texas--Government purchasing of real property--1941-1945
Memoranda--Big Bend National Park (Tex.)--1941-1957
Deeds--Big Bend National Park (Tex.)--1881-1945, bulk 1941-1942
Deeds--Texas--Government purchasing of real property--1881-1945, bulk 1941-1942
Legal notices--Texas--Government purchasing of real property--1881-1945, bulk 1941-1942
Legal documents--Big Bend National Park (Tex.)--1881-1945, bulk 1941-1942
Clippings--Big Bend National Park (Tex.)--1941-1957
Worksheets--Texas--Government purchasing of real property--1941-1942
Tax records--Texas--Government purchasing of real property--1881-1945, bulk 1941-1942
Publications--Big Bend National Park (Tex.)--1941-1957
Functions:
Administering parks.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk 1933-1949, 26 cubic ft.
Don R. Brice Collection, Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1935 (photographs of CCC activities at Lampasas and Big Bend, 1989/006)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas State Parks Board Big Bend National Park files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2002/131, 2003/027, 2005/041, 2005/147

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 3, 1996; April 22, 2002; October 10, 2003; October 22, 2004; and June 3, 2005.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, December 2006

Appraisal Information

The records of the Big Bend land purchase program were appraised as archival by State Archives staff on October 18, 1999 during an agency-wide appraisal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (series listed in the report as Project file-Acquisitions). For more information about the appraisal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's records, see the appraisal report done by State Archives staff on file in the search room of the Archives and Information Services Division. It is posted online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/parks.html


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Executive correspondence and program dedication files, 1941, 1943, 1946-1957, bulk 1951-1955,
1 cubic ft.

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The primary function of the Texas State Parks Board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. Following Congressional action in June 1935 and state legislative action in 1939 the Parks Board began acquiring land for the creation of the Big Bend National Park. Records present in this series include incoming and outgoing correspondence, notes, clippings, brochures, guides, newsletters, photos, and maps. Dates covered are 1941, 1943, 1946-1957, bulk covering 1951-1955. Most of the correspondence is to and from Frank Quinn, executive director of the Texas State Parks Board, later chairman of the Board. Other correspondents include Ross Maxwell and succeeding superintendents of Big Bend National Park; the regional director and other staff of the National Park Service; manager of concessions at the park; companies interested in concession contracts; a few United States Congressmen; and others. Topics discussed include the transfer of land from the state of Texas to the National Park Service in 1943, formal dedication of the park in 1955, concession operations at the park, water concerns along the Rio Grande, trips to the park by State Parks Board officials and others, and the acquisition by Congress of non-federal lands in the park boundaries in 1951.
Arrangement
These records are arranged somewhat by topic or record type, as received from the agency. Materials within the folders are generally in chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive correspondence and program dedication files, Texas State Parks Board Big Bend National Park files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2005/147
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on June 3, 2005.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, December 2006
Box
2005/147-2 Executive correspondence files:
1948-1952
1953-1954
[5 folders]
[Note: numerous newsclippings are filed among the letters.]
January-June 1955
[3 folders]
July-November 1955
[2 folders]
1950-1955
[2 folders]
1953-1955
[Most of the letters concern the park dedication.]
Bulletins, brochures, guides, clippings, 1948-1956
[2 folders]
Big Bend circular, 1946
Big Bend news releases, 1943
[The news releases concern the transfer of land from the State of Texas to the National Park Service in 1943.]
Big Bend concessions, 1951-1953
[2 folders]
Big Bend concessions, 1952-1953
Miscellaneous, 1953
Big Bend dedication, regrets, 1955
[2 folders]
Big Bend dedication, Frank Quinn personal file, 1955
Executive correspondence files, 1957
[4 folders]
[The bulk of the material concerns concessions contracts and operations in Big Bend National Park and the National Park Service (NPS). Also present in folder two are several black and white photographs of Big Bend National Park, including shots of Frank Quinn and other state and NPS officials at the park.]
Bascom Giles, Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1941



 

Land purchase program correspondence and subject files, 1883, 1912, 1934-1944, bulk 1941-1942,
1.5 cubic ft.

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The primary function of the Texas State Parks Board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. Following Congressional action in June 1935 and state legislative action in 1939 the Parks Board began acquiring land for the creation of the Big Bend National Park. Records in this series include incoming and outgoing correspondence, largely of the State Parks Board Big Bend Land Department; land acquisition statistics; warrant requests to the Comptroller for land payment; receipts of payment; forms used in the land purchase program; accounting books for the land purchase program; copies of land grants from property in Brewster County (dated 1883 and filed in the county clerk's office in 1935); and a few court filings over land and/or mineral rights issues. Dates covered are 1883, 1912, 1934-1944, bulk 1941-1942. Correspondence is generally between the Big Bend Land Department and land owners. Other correspondents include the National Park Service, insurance companies, the Texas Comptroller's Office, the Attorney General's Office, and others. Topics discussed include land purchase offers to land owners, condemnation of land, pricing of land, donation of land, attempts to locate heirs of deceased land owners, attempts to locate landowners without valid addresses, requesting tax records of land owners from county offices, payments to landowners, mineral rights, title policies and other land acquisition issues. Also present are a few letters relating to the operation of the park; purchase of supplies for nearby parks, such as Fort Davis; and employees involved in the program notifying the Board they were leaving to serve in World War II. The account books document the acquisition of lands by the land purchase program through donation, purchase or condemnation proceedings and also list expenditures of the Big Bend Land Department including salaries, supplies and other office costs.
There are two sets of letters with landowners, the first being outgoing letters of the land department in reverse chronological order. This set also contains the few letters in this series not directly pertaining to the land purchase program. The second set of correspondence is mostly outgoing letters with some incoming letters from landowners. The letters in this set are filed by the first initial of the landowners' last name. Within the folders, the letters are in chronological order. There is some duplication of letters between the two sets of landowner correspondence. The remainder of the series consists of several sets of letters filed by topic followed by subject files and financial records.
Arrangement
These records are maintained largely as received from the agency, by record type and by subject, with some minor arrangement done by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Land purchase program correspondence and subject files, Texas State Parks Board Big Bend National Park files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2002/131, 2003/027
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 3, 1996; April 22, 2002; and October 10, 2003.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, December 2006
Big Bend Land Department correspondence, set 1
[These are outgoing letters of the land department to landowners in reverse chronological order. There are a few letters not directly pertaining to the land purchase program. There is some duplication of letters with set two of the landowner correspondence.]
Box
2002/131-41 November 1943
September-October 1942
August 1942
[2 folders]
July 1942
[2 folders]
June 1942
[3 folders]
May 1942
[3 folders]
April 1942
[3 folders]
March 1942
[4 folders]
February 1942
[2 folders]
January 1942
[3 folders]
December 1941
Big Bend Land Department correspondence, set 2
[These are mostly outgoing letters of the land department to landowners; some incoming letters from landowners are present. The letters are filed by the first initial of the landowners' last name. Within the folders, the letters are in chronological order. There is some duplication of letters with set one of the landowner correspondence.]
Box
1996/102-21 A, 1941-1942
B, 1941-1942
C, 1941-1942
D, 1941-1942
E, 1941-1942
F, 1941-1942
G, 1941-1942
H, 1941-1942
I and J, 1941-1942
K, 1941-1942
L, 1941-1942
M, 1941-1942
Mc, 1941-1942
N, 1941-1942
O
[empty]
P and Q, 1932, 1941-1942
R, 1941-1942
S, 1941-1942
T, 1941-1942
U and V, 1941-1942
W, 1941-1942
X, Y, and Z, 1941-1942
Big Bend Land Department miscellaneous correspondence
Box
1996/102-21 Condemnation letters, April-October 1943
[4 folders]
Letters asking for addresses, with replies, 1941-1942
Legal Division, letters to owners, 1942
Letters - deceased land owners, 1942
Subject files
Box
1996/102-21 Tax questions, 1941-1942
Fees, sheriffs and constables, 1942
Agreements, 1934-1944
Outside park area, Appraisal Division copy, 1941-1942
Outside park area, 1941-1942
Post Office inspector, 1936-1937, 1942
Landowners hold file, 1942
[2 folders]
Big Bend National Park land acquisition statistics, 1934-1941
[3 folders]
Minutes, February-May, 1942
[photostats]
Resolutions, 1943
Big Bend Land Purchase Program forms, 1942
[3 folders]
List of title abstracts
Land grant certificates, Brewster County, 1883
[Note: These were filed in county clerk's office in 1935.]
Statements of facts from district court case, Simmons, et al. vs. Wheeland, et al., 1912
Brief filed in Supreme Court, no. 8155, Wooten vs. State, 1943
Appeal filed in Court of Civil Appeals case, Wooten vs. State, 1943
Appeal filed in Court of Civil Appeals, Schooler vs. State, 1943
Financial records
[The files consist of warrant requests to the Comptroller for land payment; receipts of payment; and land purchase program account books that document land donated, land purchased, and land acquired through condemnation proceedings. The account books also record other financial information about the land purchase program, including cost of salaries and office supplies. One of the books list the personnel involved with the land purchase program and the daily location of each staff member over an almost two year period - mostly whether they were in the land office at Alpine, another office in Breckenridge, or the State Parks Board headquarters in Austin.]
Box
1996/102-22 Warrant requests, 1942
[4 folders]
Warrant receipts, 1942
[5 folders]
Box
State Parks Board Map Drawer (2003/027) Land purchase program account books, 1941-1942
[2 oversize spiral-bound notebooks]



 

Land acquisition files, 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1945, 1956, bulk 1941-1942,
17.75 cubic ft.

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The primary function of the Texas State Parks Board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. Following Congressional action in June 1935 and state legislative action in 1939 the Parks Board began acquiring land for the creation of the Big Bend National Park. Records include correspondence, abstracts of title, land worksheets, deeds, legal filings, vouchers, notes, and maps. Dates covered are 1881-1883, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1909-1945, 1956, bulk 1941-1942. The files concern the acquisition of land by the State of Texas for Big Bend National Park. Some of the land was donated, most was purchased. In many cases, disputes over pricing, disputes among heirs and other issues led to condemnation lawsuits in order to acquire the land for the park. Topics discussed include land purchase offers to land owners, condemnation of land, pricing of land, donation of land, attempts to locate heirs of deceased land owners, attempts to locate landowners without valid addresses, payments to landowners, mineral rights, title policies and other land acquisition issues. The bulk of the correspondence is from the Big Bend Land Department of the Texas State Parks Board to land owners. Other correspondents include local law enforcement officials.
Materials found in the bulk of the landowner files include land worksheets, statement of title, redemption receipt, warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, vendor's lien notes, deeds of trust, release of lien, preliminary title report, abstracts of title, tax statements, correspondence, an occasional will, and for land received directly from the governor, a letter patent. Some of the files contain typed transcripts of older documents, such as deeds, wills, or similar documents.
Materials found in the condemnation suit files include correspondence, legal filings (orders, court cost fees, statement of costs by special commissioners, etc.), warranty deeds, title reports, abstracts of title, plat maps, and land worksheets.
The land worksheets were prepared for all land acquired. Forms were generally prepared by the board, some had material added by the landowner, others appear to have been filled out by the landowner. Information found on these forms included name and address of landowner; description of property; grazing reports; amount due on purchase price; last date of payment on principal and on interest; itemized list of improvements; rendered value; estimated value; outstanding mortgages; suits filed or pending against the land, judgements; title remarks; is there an abstract (yes or no); itemized list of taxes due; mineral rights owners; section, block and grantee of original survey; abstract number; certificate number; patent number; date patent recorded; and number of acres (patented and unpatented).
Arrangement
These records are arranged into four groups by State Archives staff: Landowner files, condemnation lawsuits, abstracts of title, and land worksheets. The landowner files are further arranged into four sets of files: landowner files, set 1 (many of these are letters to landowners not located in other 3 sets of files, and various orders); landowner files, set 2 (files of lands donated); landowner files, set 3 (unknown why these were segregated from the other files but they do have a separate filing system - some alphabetical, some topical); and landowner files, set 4 (bulk of the landowner files, alphabetical order). The condemnation lawsuits consist of two sets of files - landowner files and legal filings. Each set is arranged by suit number. The abstracts of title and the landowner worksheets are arranged as received from the agency, with corrections to the filing order made by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Land acquisition files, Texas State Parks Board Big Bend National Park files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2002/131, 2005/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 3, 1996; April 22, 2002; and October 22, 2004.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
A few of the maps are too large to photocopy.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, December 2006
Landowner files
Landowner files, set 1:
[These files are general letters from the Big Bend Land Department to landowners about the program and the original offer to purchase land in Section 10, Block 2 of the Galveston, Houston and San Antonio Railway Company survey. Many of the letters were returned by the Post Office due to insufficient address. There are three alphabetical groups of files in this set - landowners who did not accept the offer, those who did accept the offer, and a third group of letters that do not indicate whether or not the offer was accepted. A few of the files have some correspondence with the landowners.]
Landowner files, set 1, group 1:
Box
1996/102-22 Loose note re: Section 10, Block 2 - did not accept offer
Arnold, J.S., 1942
Arnold, Virginia, 1942
Deitz, Dovie, 1942
Evans, W.G., 1942
Farrat, G.F., 1942
Ferguson, Nellie, 1942
Ferguson, Mrs. W.J., 1942
Forte, Laura B., 1942
Gillilan, Susan R., 1942
Miller, H.R., 1942
Myers, C.C., 1942
Osborne, P.H., 1942
Plymale, Mrs. J.M., 1942
Spencer, C.F., 1942
Troxell, E.P., 1942
Landowner files, set 1, group 2:
Box
1996/102-23 Loose note re: Section 10, Block 2 - accepted offer
Budwell, W., 1942
Hatten, T.J., 1942
Jennings, Mrs. R.K., 1942
McClung, A.O., 1942
Payne, W.A., 1921, 1942
Plymale, W.E., 1921, 1942
Landowner files, set 1, group 3:
Box
1996/102-23 Ball, Ezra, 1942
Brinkley, C.W., 1942
Clapton, Bob, 1942
Crawford, L.R., 1942
Crabtree, David, 1942
Cyrus, Fannie, 1942
Damron, Charles, 1942
Enochs, W.S., 1942
Frazier, Pearly, 1942
Goolsby, H.M., 1942
Hanna, R.B., 1942
Hatten, Paul, 1942
Hawkes, E.L., 1942
Henderson, Mrs. J.R., 1942
Hudgins, Bernie, 1942
Hutchinson, J.F. and Mary, 1942
Lovins, W.T., 1942
Lykins, K.M., 1942
Miller, A.R., 1942
McLothlin, Lewis P., 1942
Osborne, Reuben, 1942
Perry, J.J., 1942
Plymale, C.M., 1942
Scott, Winfield, 1942
Smith, R.C., 1942
Spangler, H.O., 1942
Staley, Jennie F., 1942
Stewart, R.L., 1942
Stone, H.L., 1942
Upchurch, L.G., 1942
White, W.R., 1942
Landowner files, set 2:
[Files of a small group of landowners whose folders are all marked donation. These landowners donated all or portions of their land to the board.]
Box
2002/131-42 Aske, Eugene, 1941-1942
Combs, Guy, et al, 1942
Hanson, Karl, 1942
Matheny, Frank, 1942
Mills, G.A., 1942
Miller, J.O., 1942
Note re: gift funds
Shepperd, J.S., 1942
Shepperd, W.F., 1942
Slaugenhoupt, R.C., 1942
Texas and Pacific Railway Company, 1942-1947
Zido, Theodore, 1942
Landowner files, set 3:
[A small set of files of landowners whose files were segregated from other landowner files for unknown reasons. The files do have a different filing system (orange file folder labels, rest of the landowner files have no file folder labels). The condemnation lawsuits have the same color of file folder labels and some of these materials refer to condemnation suits or other suits, such as one listed as a personal service suit, file number 604. At the end of this set are a few files showing actions taken on land issues by particular employees.]
Box
2002/131-42 Adams, Ulice J., 1941-1942
Bentley, John A., about 1942
Macias, Juan B., 1942-1949
Mills, H.M. (matters of), 1942
Perry, Howard E., 1942
Perry, Howard E., 1941-1942
Starr, S.A., about 1942, 1947
Thomas, H.J., 1942
Turigliatto, Thomas, 1942, 1947
Wheeler, Mrs. Sarah B., 1942
State of Texas vs. Sarah Wheeler, No. 604, 1942
Wiedenmann, H.H., 1941-1942
Wilson, I.M. and R.H., 1942-1943
Owners of small acreage heard from since last mandamus suit filed, 1942-1946
Judge Epperson curative work, 1942
Subdivided survey handled by J. Edwards Johnson, 1942
Subdivided survey handled by James Moore, 1942
Landowner files, set 4:
[This is the bulk of the landowner files, in alphabetical order. A few of the folders contain copies of a condemnation lawsuit, it is unclear if all of those cases actually went to court or were settled without court action. ]
Box
2002/131-42 American Quicksilver Company, 1942, 1945
Babb, Boye, 1942-1943
[2 folders]
Babb, Coleman, 1942
Badgley, B.D. and B.S., 1897, 1941-1942
Baker, Alice U., 1920, 1941-1942
Barker, C.T., 1931, 1942
Berkeley, Benjamin, 1942-1944
Berkheimer, B.A., 1942
Bertrand, H. and O.C., 1937-1943
Bertz, Paul L.J., 1942
Bridwell, J.S., 1920, 1942
Brown, R.L. and Cross, Pearl, 1942
Bruce, H.E., 1942
Burnam, Miss Emma, 1942
Burnett, P.A., 1942
Burnham, W.T., 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Buttolph, H.W., 1942
Buttrill, Mrs. L.F., 1942
Campbell, W.B., 1942-1943
Carpenter, B.B. and other Carpenters, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Cartledge and Perry (La Harmonia Company), 1942
Cartledge, E.L., 1942
Cartledge, Gene, 1942
Box
2002/131-43 Cartledge, W.R., 1942
[2 folders]
Chabarra, Ruperto, 1942
Clark, I.E., 1897, 1942
Cleveland, C.E., 1942
Cochran, A.M.J., estate, 1941-1942
Coffee, H.D., 1941-1942
Coffee, Helen D., 1881-1882, 1941-1942
Coleman, D.S., 1942
Coler, Richards, and Knox, 1942
[2 folders]
Combs, G.S., 1942
Cookson, Lloyd N. and Agnes S., 1942
Cooper, W.A., Jr., 1941-1943
Curtis, P.W., 1942
Daniel, Mary Coe, 1942
Derrick, R.W., 1941-1942
Dickenson, W.C., 1941-1942
Dorgan, A.W., 1937, 1942-1944
Featherstone and Yeager, 1939-1942
Fraser, Burr, and McAlpin, 1942
Frazer, Edward, 1938-1939, 1942
Friedman, Harry B., 1928, 1941-1942, 1945
[2 folders]
Gilmer, Milton, 1941-1943
Gomez, Feliz, 1942
Goodhart, P.J., 1941-1942
Gordon, G.D., 1942
Graham, Mollie B., 1942
Green, Wallace, estate, 1882, 1941-1942
Green, William, 1942
[2 folders]
Haggard, Rodney, 1942
Haggin, J.M., 1941-1942
Hanger, W.A., 1941-1942
Hannold, W.L., 1904, 1936-1937, 1942
Hayes, J.W., 1941-1942
Hector, Ira, 1942
Henshaw, G.J., 1909, 1927, 1929, 1942
[2 folders]
Herring and Johnson, 1941-1943
Hernandon, W.G., estate, 1941-1942
Herrmann, Uriah, estate, 1941-1942
Hulen, V.H., 1929-1930, 1939, 1942
[2 folders]
Hunter, W.B., 1930, 1937, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Jameson, Mrs. W.G., 1936, 1942
Jenkins, T.J., estate, 1936, 1942
Jenkins, R.P. and Mrs. S.P., 1941-1942
Johnson, Elmo, 1942-1943
Box
2002/131-44 Jones, T.M., estate, 1895, 1942
Kelly, James Y., 1941-1942
Kelly, Mrs. Thomas H., 1941-1942
Kent, J.H., et al, 1942
Kenyon, Brewster C., 1942
Kincaid, Mrs. Cordelia (W.O.), 1941-1942
Kirtley, Roberta, 1942
Knight, Thomas A., 1941-1942
J.O. Langford Company, 1927-1929, 1935, 1939, 1942
[2 folders]
J.O. Landford Company and Charles Livingston, 1942
Leath, Bessie Clyde, 1942
Leverish, Mrs. Jessie Reed, 1942
Lewis, W.L., 1882, 1910-1911, 1918-1922, 1942
Lewellan, Archer H., 1937-1939, 1942
Malone, Mrs. C., 1913, 1917, 1932, 1941-1942
Martin, W.B. and Kate, 1942
Bank of Mayfield, 1942
Metcalfe, Mary A., estate, 1942
Miller, L.G., 1942
Miller, Raymond W., 1941-1942
H.M. Mills, 1942
Mincher, Maurice, 1942
Molinar, Juan, 1922, 1942
MacMurray, Ella, estate (G.A. Morris), 1941-1942
Nail, S.R., 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Neill, Charles P., 1883, 1942
Owens, Avora and Det Walker, 1942
Ogle, Sam, 1928, 1932, 1939, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Pabst, G.W., 1942
Partin, Mrs. Lee, 1942
Peacock, J.J., 1938, 1942
Peacock, J.J. and Van W. George, 1934, 1936, 1941-1942
Peery, T.N., 1920, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Pettit, V.H., 1942
Price, W.E., 1931, 1941-1942
Propst, Mae Rucher, 1942
Rice, Frederick, Jr., 1942-1943
Richburg, H.R., 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Sanderson Wool Commission Company (Worth Evans), 1941-1942
Schluter, Mrs. I.L., 1883, 1941-1942
Sherwood, Charles E., 1883, 1942
Smith, Stuart R., 1942
Staiars, W.S., 1938-1939, 1941-1942
Stroman, W.A., 1927, 1930, 1939, 1942
[3 folders]
Box
2002/131-45 Sublett, J.L., 1919, 1922, 1927, 1942
[2 folders]
The Texas Company, 1942
Thompson, Jennie B., 1927, 1941-1942
Todd, E.H., 1942
True, Porter J., 1942
Tubb, Stella, et al, 1942
Tuff, Thomas, estate, 1939, 1941-1942
Wade, Mrs. Ruby (Lloyd), 1923-1937, 1940, 1942
Ware, Pat, 1942
Wasson, B. W., estate (John W. Dalzell), 1941-1942
Watkins, E.M., estate, 1882-1883, 1942
[2 folders]
Watson-Anderson Grocery Company, 1941-1942
Welch, G.W., estate (George W. Rue), 1941-1942
Whittenburg, George A., estate, 1941-1943
Widdecombe, Jane H., 1942
Williams, Dick, 1883, 1942
Willis, J.J., 1910, 1942
[2 folders]
Wilson, H.M., 1934-1935, 1942
[2 folders]
Wilson, I.M. and R.H., 1882, 1942
Wilson, P.B., 1942
Winter, John I., 1941-1942
Woolford, Sam, 1941-1942
Condemnation lawsuits
[The condemnation lawsuits consist of two sets of files - landowner files and legal filings (listed as legal forms on the folders). Each set is arranged by suit number. Preceding the cases is a list of the condemnation suits. The landowner files typically contain correspondence between the landowners or their representatives and the Big Bend Land Department, land sheets, the Board's purchase offer, abstracts of title, tax receipts and statements, and warranty deeds. The legal filings files generally contain the petition for condemnation, statement of facts, briefs and/or other legal filings, the decision and award of the special commissioner, correspondence with local law enforcement personnel, and sheriff's fee statements. Abstracts of title and plat maps may also be present. A few cases towards the end of the legal forms group contain legal forms and landowners files. The last folder contains a list of checks paid out in the condemnation suites.
The name in parenthesis in the folder listing (present in most folders) refers to the state attorneys assigned to the case. According to the personnel listing for the State Parks Board in 1941-1942, Frederick Isely was an Assistant Attorney General; J. Edward Johnson and J.C. Epperson were listed as Associate Attorneys, presumably with the State Parks Board. The names of landowners are not given in these folder titles, just the condemnation suit number and the sections of land in question. In many cases the land was owned by multiple persons, usually heirs, which may be why the Board filed these cases by the condemnation suit number, unlike the other landowner files that were filed by the last name of the landowner.]
Box
Oversize Box 37 List of condemnation lawsuits, 1942
Condemnation lawsuits, landowner files
Box
2005/041-26 No. 534 (Isely), Section 801, Block 7C, 1942
No. 535 (Johnson), Section 116, Block G-4, 1942
No. 536 (Johnson), Section 43, Block G -17, 1937, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
No. 537 (Johnson), Section 9, Block G-17, 1929-1933, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 540 (Epperson), Section 8, Block G-2, 1941-1942
[3 folders]
No. 541 (Epperson), Section 60, Block 341, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 542 (Johnson), Section 65, Block G-9, 1942
No. 545 (Johnson), Section 31, Block G-17, 1911, 1942
No. 546 (Epperson), Section 1, Block G-17, 1942
No. 547 (Johnson), Section 21, Block G-17, 1909-1910, 1928, 1930, 1941-1942
No. 548 (Johnson), Section 79, Block G-4, 1909, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 549 (Johnson), Section 29, Block G-17, 1941-1942
No. 550 (Isely), Section 9, Block B-2:
Part I, 1942
[4 folders]
Part II, 1910, 1921-1934, 1942
[5 folders]
No. 551 (Johnson), Section 263, Block G-4, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 552 (Johnson), Section 83, Block G-4, 1942
No. 553 (Epperson), Section 23, Block G-17, 1909-1910, 1941-1942
No. 554 (Epperson), Section 27, Block G-17, 1909, 1912-1931, 1936, 1941-1942
[3 folders]
No. 555 (Epperson), Section 267, Block G-4, 1942
Box
2005/041-27 No. 556 (Epperson), Section 9, Block G-3, 1941-1942
No. 557 (Epperson), Section 24, Block 239, 1924, 1941-1942
[6 folders]
No. 558 (Epperson), Section 5, Block G-3, 1936, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 559 (Johnson), Section 52, Block M-1, 1920, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 560 (Johnson), Section 273, Block G-4, 1920, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 561 (Johnson), Section 11, Block G-23, 1912-1913, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 564-565, various sections, Block G-4, 1942
No. 567, Sections 9 and 11, Block G-17, 1929, 1932, 1942
No. 568 (Johnson), Section 7, Block G-17, 1941-1942
No. 569 (Epperson), Section 77, Block G-9, 1882, 1919-1920, 1923, 1942
[6 folders]
No. 570 (Epperson), Section 49, Block G-4, 1921, 1923, 1941-1942
No. 571 (Johnson), Section 71, Block G-3, 1936, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 572 (Epperson), Section 315, Block G-4, 1927, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 573 (Epperson), Section 5, Block G-17, 1909, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Box
2005/041-28 No. 574 (Johnson), Section 19, Block G-17, 1941-1942
No. 575 (Johnson), Section 33, Block G-17, 1909, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
No. 576 (Johnson), Section 81, Block G-4, 1942
Box
2002/131-45 No. 577 (Johnson), Section 41, Block G-17, 1909, 1921, 1941-1942
No. 578 (Johnson), Section 47, Block G-17, 1936-1942
[5 folders]
No. 579 (Johnson), Section 25, Block G-4, 1936-1942
[4 folders]
No. 580 (Isely), various sections, Block 10:
Part I, 1917, 1941-1942
Part II, 1912-1913, 1919-1920, 1926, 1941-1942
[6 folders]
Box
2002/131-46 Part III, 1912-1915, 1920, 1927, 1929, 1938-1942
[5 folders]
Part IV, 1912-1914, 1920, 1938-1942
[6 folders]
Part V, 1912-1942
[5 folders]
Part VI, 1912, 1915, 1920, 1937, 1941-1942
[6 folders]
No. 581 (Epperson), various sections, Block 350:
Part I, 1942
[2 folders]
Part II, 1911-1912, 1930, 1942
[5 folders]
No. 583 (Isely), Section 5, Block 18, 1942
No. 586 (Isely), Section 60, Block G-2, 1941-1942
No. 587 (Johnson), various sections, Block 238, 1941-1942
[3 folders]
No. 592 (Isely), various sections, Block 17:
Part I, 1911-1912, 1916, 1928, 1941-1942
Box
2002/131-47 Part II, 1912, 1933, 1941-1942
[6 folders]
Part III, 1912-1914, 1925, 1941-1942
[8 folders]
No. 594 (Johnson), Survey 309, Block G-4, 1942
No. 605 (Epperson), Section 15, Block G-17, 1919-1920, 1927, 1942-1943
[3 folders]
Condemnation lawsuits, legal filings
Box
2005/041-28 No. 531 (Johnson), Section 73, Block G-3, 1941-1942
[4 folders]
No. 534 (Isely), Section 801, Block FC, 1942-1943
[2 folders]
No. 535 (Johnson), Section 116, Block G-4, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 536 (Johnson), Section 43, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 537 (Johnson), Section 9, Block G-17, 1942
No. 538 (Isely), Section 10, Block B-2, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 539 (Epperson), Section 265, Block G-4, 1941-1942
[3 folders]
No. 540 (Epperson), Section 8, Block G-2, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 541 (Epperson), Section 60, Block 341, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 542 (Johnson), Section 65, Block G-9, 1942
No. 543 (Epperson), Section 61, 63, 65, 73, 75, Block G-2, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
No. 545 (Johnson), Section 31, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 546 (Epperson), Section 1, Block G-17, 1942
No. 547 (Johnson), Section 21, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 548 (Johnson), Section 79, Block G-4, 1942
[4 folders]
Box
2005/041-29 No. 549 (Johnson), Section 29, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 550 (Isely), Section 9, Block B-2, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 551 (Johnson), Section 263, Block G-4, 1942
[3 folders]
Box
2002/131-47 No. 566, Section 13, Block G-17 (State of Texas vs. G.C. Greenwood, et al), 1942
[2 folders]
No. 567, Section 11, Block G-17 (State of Texas vs. Joe Wilmeth, et al), 1942
[2 folders]
No. 574 (Johnson), Section 19, Block G-17, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 575 (Johnson), Section 33, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 576 (Johnson), Section 81, Block G-4, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 577 (Johnson), Section 41, Block G-17, 1883, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 578 (Johnson), Section 47, Block G-17, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 579 (Johnson), Section 25, Block G-4, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 580 (Isely), various sections, Block 10:
Part I, 1942
[1-2 of 6 folders]
Box
2002/131-48 Part I, 1942
[3-6 of 6 folders]
Part II, 1942
7 folders]
Part III, 1942
[9 folders]
No. 581 (Epperson), various sections, Block 350, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 582 (Epperson), Section 37, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 583 (Isely), Section 5, Block 18, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 584 (Isely), Section 67, Block G-9, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Box
2002/131-49 No. 585 (Isely), Section 9, Block G-23, 1942
[3 folders]
No. 586 (Isely), Section 60, Block G-2, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 587 (Johnson), various sections, Block 238, 1942
No. 588 (Epperson), Section 28, Block G-3, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 589 (Epperson), Section 39, Block G-17, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 590 (Isely), Section 15, Block G-3, 1941-1942
[3 folders]
No. 591 (Isely), Section 825, Block 350, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
[Note: Includes some landowner files]
No. 592 (Isely), various sections, Block 17:
Part I, 1942
[4 folders]
Part II, 1942
[2 folders]
Part III, 1942
[6 folders]
No. 593 (Johnson), Sections 11 and 13, Block G-17, 1940-1942, 1945
No. 595 (State of Texas vs. Herman Jundt), 1942
No. 598 (Epperson), Section 36, Block 238, 1941-1942, 1945
No. 599, Survey 307, Block G-4 (State of Texas vs. Harry L. Carter, et al), 1942-1943
No. 600 (Epperson), various sections, Block G-9, 1942-1943
[2 folders]
No. 601 (Epperson), Section 37, Block G-17, 1942
No. 602 (Epperson), Section 83, Block G-9, 1941-1942
No. 603 (Epperson), Section 15, Block G-19, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
Box
2002/131-50 No. 607 (Johnson), 1942
[Note on folder - Mineral suit.]
No. 607 (Johnson), 1942-1943
[5 folders]
No. 608, Survey 29, 31 and 33, Block 235 (State of Texas vs. Meredith E. Johnson, et al), 1942-1943
[2 folders]
No. 609 (Epperson), Section 2, Block 10, 1941-1942
[2 folders]
No. 612 (Johnson), 1942
[3 folders]
No. 614 (Epperson), Section 19, Block G-3, 1942
[2 folders]
No. 615 (Epperson), Survey 559, Block F.C. (State of Texas vs. Sarah A. Holcomb, et al), 1941-1942, 1956
No. 616, Survey 41, Block G-4 (State of Texas vs. Charles T. Herndon, et al), 1941-1942
No. 620 (Epperson), Section 17, Block G-17 (State of Texas vs. John Vidano, et al), 1941-1942
[Note: Includes some landowners files.]
No. 612 (Epperson), Section 87, Block G-4 (State of Texas vs. Pattie B. Engleman, et al), 1941-1942
[Note: Includes some landowners files.]
No. 622, Section 9, Block G-4 (State of Texas vs. Robert J. Breckenridge, et al), 1942-1943
[Note: Includes some landowners files.]
No. 627 (State of Texas vs. J.C. Koerth), 1942
Loose material, case number unknown
[Note: Material was found loose in the box following the last file and it does not belong with the last file.]
List of checks awarded in condemnation suits, about 1942
Abstracts of title
[The abstracts of title consist of some loose materials, several packets of abstracts prepared for a particular landowner or an estate, and a large group of abstracts filed numerically by abstract number. Many of the abstracts have small plat maps of the property. Some abstracts were filed in the landowners files or the condemnation lawsuits files.]
Box
2005/041-29 Miscellaneous, 1921, 1926-1930, 1942
[There are abstracts and some correspondence present. None of the abstracts have a number.]
Number 5, 1929
[Files concern land in Blocks 1, 10 and C-3. The number five is in pencil on the abstract, no other numbers are present on the cover.]
Numbers 6, 7 and 8, 1927
[Files concern land in Block 19. The numbers six, seven and eight are in red pencil on the abstract, no other numbers are present.]
Number 9, 1927
[File concern land in Block 19. The number nine is in red pencil on the abstract, no other number is present.]
Johnny Williams file, 1930-1931, 1942
[Abstracts from land in sections 16, 18, 19 and 20 in Block 19. Includes abstracts 5132 and 5250.]
William Green file, 1919, 1927, 1933
[Abstracts from land in Block G-2, includes abstracts 835, 1180, 2545 and 2978.]
C.T. Herring estate, 1911, 1915, 1919, 1921, 1924-1925, 1929
[3 folders]
[Abstracts from land in Blocks 9 and 19.]
Abstract No. 572, 1929
[Note: covers land in various blocks.]
Abstract No. 676, 1929
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 740, 1929
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 1039, 1931
[Note: covers land in Block 19.]
Abstract No. 1500, 1936
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 1521, 1936
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 1964, 1924
[Note: covers land in Blocks 19, G-2 and G-4.]
Abstract No.'s 1938 and 1965, 1924
[Note: covers land in Block 19.]
Abstract No. 1968, 1924
[Note: covers land in Blocks 19 and G-2.]
Abstract No. 2132, 1925
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557 and 558.]
Abstract No. 2141, 1912, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 2143, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block 17.]
Abstract No. 2149, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block B-2.]
Abstract No. 2151, 1942
[Note: covers land Block 239.]
Box
2005/041-30 Abstract No. 2152, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block 350.]
Abstract No. 2159, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 2173, 1942
[Note: covers land Block G-9.]
Abstract No. 2251, 1925
[Note: covers land Surveys 556, 557 and 558.]
Abstract No. 2323, 1927
[Note: covers land in Blocks G-2 and 10 and Survey 555.]
Abstract No. 2363, 1926
[Note: covers land in Block 19.]
Abstract No. 2364, 1926
[Note: covers land in Blocks 19 and G-2.]
Abstract No's 2858 thru 2862, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block 350.]
Abstract No's 2951, 2952 and 6318, 1920, 1941
[Note: covers land in Blocks G-2 and G-9.]
Abstract No. 3094, 1927
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557 and 558.]
Abstract No. 3298, 1927
[Note: covers land in various blocks.]
Abstract No. 3746, 1923
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557 and 558.]
Abstract No. 3746, 1917
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557 and 558. Another possible abstract number was on the cover, No. 2743]
Abstract No. 3795, 1928
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557 and 558.]
Abstract No. 4075, 1929
[Note: covers land in Blocks 20 and 340.]
Abstract No. 4111, 1929
[Note: covers land in Blocks 20 and 340.]
Abstract No.'s 4363 and 3867, 1929
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557, and 558.]
Abstract No. 4382, 1929
[Note: covers land in Surveys 556, 557 and 558.]
Abstract No. 6427, 1942
[Note: covers land in Survey 801.]
Abstract No. 6450, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6451, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6452, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6454, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6455, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6458, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6459, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6460, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-17.]
Abstract No. 6461, 1942
[Note: covers land Block G-17.]
Box
2005/041-31 Abstract No. 6464, 1942
[Note: covers land Block 10. The volume is labeled part II. Part I may be in the landowner files or the condemnation lawsuits, or else it is missing.]
Abstract No. 6466, 1941
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 6470, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block, G-4.]
Abstract No. 6472, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 6475, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Abstract No. 6479, about 1942
[Note: covers land Block 341.]
Abstract No. 6482, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-23.]
Abstract No. 6483, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-3.]
Abstract No. 6485, 1942
[Note: covers land Block G-3.]
Abstract No. 7057, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block B-2.]
Abstract No. 7058, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block 239.]
Abstract No. 7109, 1942
[Note: covers land in Block G-4.]
Land worksheets
[Most of the landowner files have a copy of the land worksheets. This set of files contains worksheets for most, if not all of the land of interest. These sheets were filled out by Parks Board staff and some contain notes and plat maps. Some of the information on the form is not filled out on many of these worksheets. Information typically found on this set of forms includes the section, block, and grantee numbers; the abstract and certificate numbers; the owners name and address (term "subdivided" is used for multiple owners); a brief description of the land; and the estimated and or rendered value of the land. Some forms will include data on improvements and judgements or liens held against the property. Some forms are more complete than others.
The files are arranged as received from the agency with some minor filing corrections made by State Archives staff. The sheets are filed by block number, then section. Many of the blocks have sets of individual sections of files, followed by a single set of files from the remaining sections of land in that block that were part of the Big Bend land area. One set of files was separated by the Parks Board because they were subdivided lands, most of them being outside the first priority boundary for the park. The forms do not have a final date, they were created by the Board either in late 1941 or in 1942. ]
Box
2005/041-31 Block G-2, Section 8
Block G-2, various sections:
[2 folders]
Sections 1 thru 69
Sections 70 thru 558
Block G-3:
Section 5
Section 9
Section 71
Section 73
Sections 1 thru 74
Block G-4:
Section 25
Section 79
Section 81
Section 83
Section 116
Section 181
Section 263
Section 265
Section 267
Section 273
Section 315
Various sections:
[3 folders]
Sections 1 thru 91
Sections 96 thru 191
Sections 192 thru 486
Block G-9:
Section 45
Section 47
Section 53
Section 55
Box
2005/041-32 Section 63
Section 65
Section 69
Section 71
Section 77
Sections 29-90
Block 16, Sections 1 thru 4, 913 and 914
Block G-17:
Section 1
Section 5
Section 7
Section 9
Section 11
Section 13
Section 19
Section 21
Section 23
Section 27
Section 29
Section 31
Section 33
Section 41
Section 43
Section 47
Sections 2 thru 50
Block G-19, Sections 6 thru 18
Block G-23, Sections 6 thru 26
Block 1 (BBB and C Railway Company Survey (probably the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway)), Sections 1 thru 26
Block 1 (Southern and Pacific Railroad Survey), Sections 1 thru 44
Block 9, various sections:
[2 folders]
Sections 1 thru 54
Section 56 thru 92
Block 10:
Section 1
Section 3
Section 5
Section 7
Section 9
Section 11
Section 13
Section 15
Section 21
Section 23
Section 25
Section 27
Section 29
Section 31
Section 33
Sections 2 thru 34
Block 16, Sections 1 thru 44
Block 17:
Section 1
Section 3
Section 5
Section 13
Section 15
Section 27
Section 29
Sections 2 thru 40
Block 18:
Section 5
Sections 1 thru 10
Block 19, Sections 1 thru 44
Block 20, Sections 1 thru 1312
Block 234, Sections 14 thru 36
Block 235, Sections 29 thru 33
Block 237, Sections 18 thru 32
Block 238, Sections 3 thru 36
Block 239:
Section 24
Sections 1 thru 28
Block 245, Series 6
Block 340, Sections 2 thru 10
Block 341:
Section 60
Sections 37 thru 91
Block 350:
Section 7
Section 9
Section 11
Section 13
Section 15
Sections 2 thru 825
Block B-2:
Section 9
Section 10
Sections 1 thru 22
Block FC:
Section 801
Sections 1-18, 559 and 802
Block M-1:
Section 26
Section 52
Sections 12 thru 64
Various blocks
Box
2002/131-50 Subdivided blocks:
Note about subdivided blocks
Block G-4:
Section 196
Section 305
Block G-9, Section 61
Block 9:
Section 7
Section 9
Section 11
Section 31
Section 33
Section 35
Section 51
Section 53
Section 55
Section 71
Section 73
Section 75
Section 89
Block 17:
Section 7
Section 9
Section 17
Section 23
Section 25
Section 31
Section 37
Section 39
Block 245, Section 5
Block 350:
Section 1
Section 3
Section 5