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Val Verde Co.

Val Verde Co.

Date: 1908
Creator: unknown
Description: Blue line print of survey map of Val Verde County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, blocks of land, cities, towns, roads, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:355,555] (8000 varas to 3/4 of an inch).
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
["Argonaut" passenger trains in West Texas]

["Argonaut" passenger trains in West Texas]

Date: c. 1929
Creator: unknown
Description: Long ago in the age of steam, the Southern Pacific's "Argonaut" passenger trains, numbers 104 and 103, east and westbound, respectively, meet in the early morning hours at mile post 450 between Langtry and Pumpville in far west Texas.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
Men on Porch and Horses

Men on Porch and Horses

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a group of men including Judge Roy Bean and Jersey Lilly. A description on the image reads "Judge Roy bean, the "Law West of the Pecos," holding court at the old town of Langtry, Texas, in 1900, trying a horse thief. This building was courthouse and saloon. No other peace officers in the locality at that time."
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
[Del Rio, Texas Fire Department Patch]

[Del Rio, Texas Fire Department Patch]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Patch from the Del Rio, Texas fire department. The wedge-shaped patch has a light blue background and darker blue edging. "Del Rio Fire Department" is written in red along the curved upper border. Below this is an illustration of the Amistad Dam between two landmasses with "Mexico" and "Texas" written underneath it.
Contributing Partner: Fire Museum of Texas
[Commercial Building - 119 West Martin Street]

[Commercial Building - 119 West Martin Street]

Date: 1976
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo was taken during the Historical Resources Survey of Del Rio, Texas, 1976. Reportedly built as a "Motor Company;" later used as warehouse.
Contributing Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission
[Tardy Home - 703 Losoya Street]

[Tardy Home - 703 Losoya Street]

Date: 1976
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo was taken during the Historical Resources Survey of Del Rio, Texas, 1976. Built about 1880 for H. C. Tardy who moved back to Sabinal in 1885 after selling the home to Ben Borroum. 1976 owner is Jerrell Edmison.
Contributing Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission
[Price Woods House - 609 Griner]

[Price Woods House - 609 Griner]

Date: 1976
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo was taken during the Historical Resources Survey of Del Rio, Texas, 1976. Two story Victorian built 1907 by Price who owned Del Rio's first lumber yard; altered plastic wood-like siding added by 1976; building subdivided into apartments by 1976 and owned by Dr. Turullahs.
Contributing Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission
[Louis Brauer Home - b - 306 Nicholson]

[Louis Brauer Home - b - 306 Nicholson]

Date: 1976
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo was taken during the Historical Resources Survey of Del Rio, Texas, 1976. One story adobe construction with plaster exterior. Built by Dr. Jackson in 1885. Mr. Brauer was one of the first surveyors in Del Rio in 1881.
Contributing Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission
Val Verde Co.

Val Verde Co.

Date: 1908
Creator: [Texas] General Land Office
Description: Map shows land patents, block and tract numbers, landowners, towns, and railroads; portions of adjacent counties where property boundaries extend beyond county limits. Scale not given.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library
Men with Bicycles Outside Building

Men with Bicycles Outside Building

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a group of men with two bicycles and a baby standing outside the Jersey Lilly Saloon. The bearded man at front center is Judge Roy Bean. There are signs on the front of the building advertising beer and the judge.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
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