A Guide to the Walker Fore Papers, 1845-1920
In the 1880s, Texas land investor Walker Fore (d. 1890) built a twenty-seven-room hotel at Chalybeate Springs in Wood County that operated until 1895. Fore died at his home in Upshur County but was buried in Dallas by the city's Masonic fraternity. His daughter Sue Catherine Fore (1852-1900) married attorney and reverend Henry Augustus "Gus" Garrison (1848-1923), with whom she had five children.
"Obituary Walker Fore." Dallas Morning News, February 17, 1890.
Valenza, Janet. Taking the waters in Texas: springs, spas, and fountains of youth. "Wood County." Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.
Comprising land records, correspondence, financial records, legal records, ephemera, slave records, livestock records, and notes, the Walker Fore Papers, 1845-1920, document the property and life of Fore and his family. Primarily composed of East Texas land grants and deeds held by Fore and others, records also contain court documents, wills, and contracts relating to property ownership. Accounts, receipts, slave and livestock records, and notes concern to the investments and business ventures of Fore, while insurance papers and correspondence of his son-in-law Gus Garrison pertain to personal affairs and the Methodist Episcopal Church in Texas. Additionally, printed material includes blank forms, pamphlets, and advertisements.
This collection is open for research use.
Walker Fore Papers, 1845-1920, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers