University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George A. Grant Reminiscences, 1878-1880, 1938



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grant, George A.
Title: Grant, George A., Reminiscences
Dates: 1878-1880, 1938
Abstract: Composed of a typed transcript of a narrative and a letter, the George A. Grant Reminiscences, 1878-1880, 1938, document an 1878 surveying expedition to the Staked Plains.
Accession No.: 1947
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

At the suggestion of his Harvard roommate O. W. Williams, lawyer George A. Grant moved to Dallas in 1878. Shortly after Grant’s arrival, the two men joined a ten-man surveying expedition to the Staked Plains funded by the real estate team of E. M. Powell and Edward L. Gage. In later life, Grant lived in Portland, Maine.


Scope and Contents

Composed of a typed transcript of a narrative and a letter, the George A. Grant Reminiscences, 1878-1880, 1938, document an 1878 surveying expedition to the Staked Plains. Grant’s narrative describes his arrival in Dallas and false arrest for train robbery. He also discusses his experiences on the expedition, including a buffalo stampede, encounter with scout “Muddy” Wilson, and stops in Jacksboro, Palo Duro Canyon, and Decatur. The letter from Grant (1938) accompanied the original narrative.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gage, Edward L.
Grant, George A. -- Archives
Powell, E. M.
Williams, O. W. (Oscar Waldo), 1853-1946
Wilson, “Muddy”
Subjects
American bison hunting -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- 19th century.
Surveying -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Places
Decatur (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Jacksboro (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
Llano Estacado--Discovery and exploration.
Palo Duro Canyon (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George A. Grant Reminiscences, 1878-1880, 1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2R5 "Surveying Trip to the Staked Plains, " 1878