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Map of Cherokee Co.

Map of Cherokee Co.

Date: 1902
Creator: Jelinek, J. W. & Campbell, C. C.
Description: Blue line print of survey map of Cherokee County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, the old San Antonio Road, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in red ink to highlight San Antonio Road, "1851 Cherokee Co. Map." Scale [ca. 1:213,333] (4000 varas to 5/8 of an inch).
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
St. Thomas Chapel Cemetery Survey: Alto, Texas

St. Thomas Chapel Cemetery Survey: Alto, Texas

Date: 1976~
Creator: Ross, Alizabeth
Description: List of names appearing on headstones in the St. Thomas Chapel Cemetery near Alto, Texas, including some dates and notes.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
General Highway Map Cherokee County, Texas

General Highway Map Cherokee County, Texas

Date: 1960
Creator: Texas. Highway Department. Planning Survey Division.
Description: Highway map of Cherokee County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, streams, cities, towns, outlying buildings (including schools, churches, and post offices), roads, highways (giving mileage between points), bridges, railroads, cemeteries, and oil fields. Map includes four inset maps - Reklaw, Dailville, Forest, and Maydelle - a key to counties diagram, a key to sheets diagram, and an extensive legend in the lower-left corner, indicating geographical and human-made features. Handwritten notes have been made made to the map in pencil to denote the approximate route of the Old San Antonio Road. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (2 miles to the inch).
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Cotton Planter and Chopper

Cotton Planter and Chopper

Date: July 3, 1888
Creator: Lester, Isaac L. & Whittly, Josiah
Description: Patent for improvements in "combined cotton planters and choppers; and it consists in the peculiar construction and combination of devices" (line 9-12), includes detailed illustration.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Alto City Directory

Alto City Directory

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Directory to the city of Alto, Texas includes lists of local phone numbers.
Contributing Partner: Stella Hill Memorial Library
Forest Hill Plantation, Alto, Texas

Forest Hill Plantation, Alto, Texas

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Brochure about Forest Hill Plantation located near Alto, Texas. It includes information about the family history of the plantation owners, as provided by The Thursday Study Club.
Contributing Partner: Stella Hill Memorial Library
Memorial

Memorial

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a memorial to the army of the Confederacy in Cherokee County, Texas. Another monument, benches, trees, and cars are visible in the background.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Spark - Arrester.

Spark - Arrester.

Date: February 1, 1898
Creator: Woods, Murray Stover
Description: Patent for a new and useful improvements in spark-arresters. This design is to "provide and improved device of this class which is adapted to be connected with the pipe or escape-flue" (line 20 - 23).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Nail-Puller.

Nail-Puller.

Date: February 13, 1900
Creator: Lubbock, William Lochart
Description: Patent for a new and improved nail puller, including instructions and illustrations.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
A Short History of the Thomas Chapel Community

A Short History of the Thomas Chapel Community

Date: January 2013
Creator: Cates, Vivian Toole
Description: Text describing the history of St. Thomas AME Church, cemetery, and public school located near Alto, Texas.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
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