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Rare early map of Callahan County, Texas, published for the Texas & Pacific Railway Company.

The map covers the area just east of Abilene, Texas, including the towns of Clyde and Baird in the lands listed as Buffalo Bayou Brazos & Colorado Railroad Company lands and the towns of Bremen (now Putnam) and Delmar (as Texas & Pacific Railway station which existed for only 2 years). The Handbook of Texas on Line notes as follows:

DOTHAN, TEXAS. Dothan, near the Callahan county line seven miles west of Cisco in northwestern Eastland County, is on the former site of a depot established as Delmar when the Texas and Pacific Railway built through the area in 1880. Within a year or two, Delmar apparently ceased to exist, as the focus of local rail activity shifted to Red Gap and then to Cisco in 1882. A new community named Dothan sprang up at the site and gained a post office in 1902. A school was established soon afterward, and by 1915 Dothan reported a population of fifty. The community's school was closed in 1940, by which time the population had declined to twenty, a level it still retained in 1990 and 2000.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Homer Stephen, The Frontier Postmasters (Dublin, Texas: Dublin Progress, 1952).

The map shows the remaining unsold lands owned by the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, along with lands owned by numerous other individuals, companies, municipal entities and other railroads, along with towns, townships, railroad lines, stations, roads, etc. Extensive manuscript notes.

Condition Description
Folded and laid on original linen. Some loss and flaking, but generally still in good condition