Stories of the Old Land Office

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Pamphlet printed by the Texas Capital Visitor's Center. Contains a foreward and two O. Henry short stories: "Bexar Scrip 2692" and "Georgia's Ruling." Both stories take place in the old land office building where O. Henry worked as a draftsman, and both are about Texas land grants.

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30 pp.; 8 1/2 x 11 in.

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Henry, O., 1862-1910 2001~.

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This pamphlet is part of the collection entitled: O. Henry Project and was provided by Texas General Land Office to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 263 times . More information about this pamphlet can be viewed below.

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  • Texas. State Preservation Board.
    Publisher Info: The Capitol Visitors Center, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is a museum that houses several permanent exhibits, including the O. Henry Room.
    Place of Publication: Austin, Texas

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Texas General Land Office

Established in 1837, the General Land Office consists of land grant records and maps dating to the 18th century relating to the passage of Texas public lands to private ownership. Still important to Texans because of their legal value, the materials are also now highly regarded by genealogists, historians, archeologists, and surveyors.

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Pamphlet printed by the Texas Capital Visitor's Center. Contains a foreward and two O. Henry short stories: "Bexar Scrip 2692" and "Georgia's Ruling." Both stories take place in the old land office building where O. Henry worked as a draftsman, and both are about Texas land grants.

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30 pp.; 8 1/2 x 11 in.

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  • : [Name of short story], Stories of the Old Land Office, 2001. Texas State Preservation Board, Austin.

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O. Henry Project

Written under the pseudonym O. Henry, the stories of William Sydney Porter are available as they first appeared in the popular magazines of the day.

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Bexar Scrip 2692 (Legal Document)

Bexar Scrip 2692

Copy of a land Grant file for land issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company in the Bexar Land District. Includes a folder jacket with table of contents and notes about the land grant (filed July 12, 1928); field notes by M.J. Doyle, Deputy Surveyor, Bexar Land District for Section 21 Block 20 (January 13, 1873); the affidavit of ownership of S.N. Allen (July 12, 1928); and a note by Land Commissioner J.H. Walker indicating that the file has no relation to the O. Henry story of the same name (December 4, 1933). O. Henry’s story tells the tale of a Railroad baron taking a poor homesteader’s land by stealing this file. Walker notes that although the file was missing for a period, due to office procedures the land fraud could not have occurred.

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Bexar Scrip 2692, Bex S 002692, ark:/67531/metapth154587

Patent 87, Volume 40-A (Legal Document)

Patent 87, Volume 40-A

This document was issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railroad Company as the final instrument in the land grant process, assigning ownership to the railroad company for 640 acres in Tom Green County, section 21, block 20, as described in the patent. O. Henry wrote a fictional account of illegal proceedings concerning a land certificate, Bexar Scrip 2692, in the short story "Bexar Scrip 2692.” This is the patent that ultimately gave land ownership to the railroad via that certificate.

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Patent 87, Volume 40-A, ark:/67531/metapth139470

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  • 2001~

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  • Jan. 8, 2011, 2:31 p.m.

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  • Jan. 18, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Stories of the Old Land Office, pamphlet, 2001~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139473/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas General Land Office.