Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 247 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
peditiously as possible until said work is cornpleted,
otherwise the rights hereby granted
shall be forfeited.
Sec. 4. That the United States reserves the
right at any time during the progress of the
work on said river or at any time after the
same is completed to take charge of said river
and the works of said company and in the
exercise of this reserved right shall have the
option of taking said works at their original
cost, or at their actual value at the time of
taking the same, and the actual value thereof
shall be ascertained by three officers of the
engineer corps of the army of the United
States, to be appointed by the secretary of
war; provided that, in estimating the value
of said works to be paid for by the United
States, the franchise of-said corporation resulting
either from this act or derived by it
from the State of Texas shall not be considered
SEC. 5. That the right to collect tolls on
said river under this act shall not accrue to
said company until it shall have improved
said river between the town of Buffalo, in the
county of Anderson, in the State of Texas,
and the city of Dallas, so that between said
points, at the lowest stage of water, steamboats
having a draft of not less than three
feet can navigate the same, and in no event
shall tolls be charged for the use of said river
below the town of Liberty, in Liberty county,
in the State of Texas.
For any city to become a great commercial
center she must have able means of transportation
either by water or railroad. Dallas in
her earlier stages of city development, when
she realized that it was possible for her to become
the great metropolis of the State, began
to exert every effort to secure the railroad
line reaching through the southwest; and the
first subsidy voted by this ambitious and enterprising
city, then comparatively small,
was in 1872, prior to any prohibition by the
State constitution to such subsidies given by
a vote of the people which now exist,
and was $100,000 to the Texas
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/247/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.