The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 102, July 1998 - April, 1999 Page: 102
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LAND IS THE CRY!
WARREN ANGUS FERRIS, PIONEER TEXAS SURVEYOR
AND FOUNDER OF DALLAS COUNTY
By Susanne Starling
In Land Is the Cry! Susanne Starling, a Dallas historian, tells
the fascinating story of Warren Angus Ferris, Rocky Mountain
fur trader, surveyor, farmer, and "Father of Dallas County."
Ferris was one of the two founders of Dallas, along with land
speculator William P. King, and is, according to historian A. C.
Greene, the most "unappreciated figure in Dallas history."
But Ferris merited fame even before he came to Texas in
1837, for his remarkable story encompasses three arenas: the
Niagara frontier of western New York, the fur-trading country of
the Rocky Mountains, and frontier northeast Texas during the
years of the Republic. Ferris provided a
unique and valuable picture of trapper
and Indian life in the 183os when he
published his diary of his six years in
the Rocky Mountains as Life in the Rocky
Mountains. Ferris followed his brother
Charles to Texas the year after the
Texas Revolution and became the offi-
cial surveyor for Nacogdoches County,
which then included much of northeast
Texas west to the Trinity River.
Although his brother returned to their
hometown of Buffalo, New York,
Warren Ferris spent another thirty-five years of his eventful life
Surveying at the Three Forks of the Trinity in 1839, Ferris
entered the area before John Neely Bryan, the traditionally rec-
og ::::::ized founder of Dallas, and Ferris's surveys determined the
line of streets and roads that shaped the future county. In
1847, Ferris settled down to farming east of White Rock Creek
where he raised a family and helped build a community.
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