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The Franco-Texan Land Company

Taylor, Virginia H.

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ISBN 10: 0292784171 / ISBN 13: 9780292784178
Published by University of Texas Press (1969), Austin, 1969
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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M. K. Brown Range Life series. 331 pages. Folding map. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice copy, with no spine fading. Bookseller Inventory # 41987

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Title: The Franco-Texan Land Company

Publisher: University of Texas Press (1969), Austin

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The Franco-Texan Land Company was formed, ostensibly, by the French bondholders of the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railroad in an attempt to salvage their investments through sale of lands in the railroad's Texas land grant. Most of the land company's wealth, however, went into the pockets of unscrupulous local managers and directors, and another railroad eventually built a road across Texas along the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific right of way.

Despite their unsavory histories, the land company and its railroad parent played an important part in the development of Northwest Texas. Virginia Taylor's account of their activities furthers the study of the role of land companies in the settlement of the United States and adds interesting sidelights on one of the immigrant groups that left the imprint of Europe on frontier Texas.

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