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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas and Pacific Land Trust Narrative, 1888, 1962



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas and Pacific Railway Company
Title: Texas and Pacific Land Trust Narrative
Dates: 1888, 1962
Abstract: The Texas and Pacific Railway Company operated under a federal charter and had a large impact on the growth of Texas and its oil industry.
Accession No.: 71-78
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Texas and Pacific Railway Company was the only railroad in Texas, and one of the few in the United States, to operate under a federal charter. Congress granted the charter March 3, 1871. With the end of the Civil War, the project to construct a southern transcontinental railroad was revived, and the Texas Pacific was given the right to build from Marshall, Texas, to San Diego, California. The company was granted a federal land grant of twenty sections of land per mile through California and forty sections through what are now Arizona and New Mexico and a state land grant of twenty sections in Texas.

The discovery of oil in West Texas during the late 1920s and later in East Texas had a major impact on the company. During the years of peak crude oil movement the physical condition of the railroad was significantly improved, and the Texas and Pacific was able to weather the Great Depression better than many of the other railroads in the region.

On October 15, 1976, the Texas and Pacific was merged into the Missouri Pacific.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “TEXAS AND PACIFIC RAILWAY," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/eqt8.html (accessed September 22, 2009).

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Scope and Contents

The narrative includes an original title opinion to J. F. Warfield, Texaco, Inc., New York, describing land in Midland County, Texas that was part of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company surveys. The narrative also covers the history of Texas Pacific Land Trust, the TXL Oil Corporation, their land titles and other background material.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hurt, Sam F., Jr.
Pannill, F. H.
Sealy, Tom
Warfield, J. F.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas and Pacific Railway Company
Subjects
Petroleum industry and trade -- Texas.
Railroad holding companies -- United States.
Places
Midland County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas and Pacific Land Trust Narrative, 1888, 1962, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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3C155 Original title opinion covering the described land in Texas and Pacific Railway Company surveys in Midland County, 1888
History of Texas Pacific Land Trust and the TXL Oil Corporation, 1962

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