"Iron Mountain Route To all Parts of Texas - The Way to Texas", Poole Bros.
Subject: Texas, Railroads
Period: 1909 (dated)
Color: Printed Color
22.5 x 21 inches
57.2 x 53.3 cm
This is a great folding advertising map published to promote the routes of the International & Great Northern, and Texas & Pacific railways and to encourage settlers to the state. The rail lines are boldly shown in black with all stations noted and named. Red overprinting is used to locate farming and ranching opportunities for settlers including corn, cotton, citrus fruits, alfalfa, Bermuda onions, cattle, sheep, etc. The area around Amarillo is devoid of any 'opportunities' for the land seeker, unfortunately large gas and oil fields were discovered only nine and twelve years after this map's publication. Large inset at upper right shows external rail connections, with the title "Round-Trip Homeseekers' Rates to All Parts of Texas on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Each Month." At lower left is an advertising inset for the Martin Realty Company of Houston which lists six "Special Bargains." A most uncommon issued that is printed on thin banknote-style paper.
One fold intersection split with a little loss in blank area well away from map image. A few spots and soft creases.