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[Map of Madison County]

Description: Map of Madison County, Texas, showing towns, creeks, and blocks of land. Map includes a legend corresponding to the owners of the blocks of land in the lower-right corner.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

General Highway Map Madison County, Texas

Description: Highway map of Madison County, Texas, showing rivers, lakes, creeks, streams, cities, towns, outlying buildings (including schools, churches, and post offices), roads, highways (giving mileage between points), bridges, railroads, cemeteries, oil fields, utility lines, petroleum pipelines, and state prison farms. Map includes two inset maps - North Zulch and Midway - a key to counties diagram, and an extensive legend indicating geographical and human-made features. Handwritten notes and calculations have been made on the map to indicate the location of Robbins's Ferry. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (2 miles to the inch).
Date: 1961
Creator: Texas. Highway Department.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Madison Co.

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Madison County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, and towns. Hand drawn lines have been added to the published map in red pencil to denote the addition of La Bahia Road and San Antonio Road. At the intersection of La Bahia Road and San Antonio Road, the annotation "Robbins Ferry" has been added. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1922
Creator: Matzow, Fr.
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Horse Detacher

Description: Patent for a new and improved horse detacher which allows the driver to unhitch a horse without exiting the carriage or wagon, including specifications and illustrations.
Date: April 1, 1913
Creator: Carter, William Otis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Planter

Description: Patent for "a planter which is adapted to be connected to the frame of a sulky-cultivator and operated by one of the wheels thereof," (lines 13-16) including illustrations.
Date: December 27, 1887
Creator: Hyde, Richard Edmund
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Baling Press.

Description: Patent for a new and improved baling press. This design consists in "the frame, drum, the power-ropes to be wound thereon, and the platen combined with the levers having rounded upper and lower ends to operate in rounded sockets in the said platen and the upper part of the frame and the toggle-joints near the centers of the said levers, comprising the rounded projection on one of the members adapted to fit a corresponding cavity or recess in the adjacent end of the other member, the lateral ears and the pin to pass through said ears and the rounded projection" (lines 12-23).
Date: May 15, 1888
Creator: Bartle, John Nelson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Whitewash

Description: Patent for "improvement in whitewash-paint consists in the use of certain ingredients whereby the same is rendered more permanent or durable and beautiful in color than any other article of the kind hitherto produced" (lines 10-14).
Date: April 9, 1889
Creator: Brizzolari, Davis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Railway Signal.

Description: Patent for a new and improved railroad signal. This design, "[w]hen the wheels of a passing train come in contact with the spring and bent end of the lever . . . said end is lowered or depressed, causing the movement in the same direction of the outer end of said lever, which, through the agency of the wire, will cause the ringing or sounding of the gong or bell as the wheels . . . come in contact with the end of the lever. . . .[A]fter the wheels of the last car of a train have passed the point where the lever is located, said lever will be returned to its normal position by means of the coil-spring" (lines 57-71).
Date: October 16, 1888
Creator: Ross, Albert James & Darter, John T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn and Cotton Sweep.

Description: Patent for a new and improved corn and cotton sweep. This design "is to provide an improved sweep for the cultivation of corn, cane, and cotton plants while they are young, which shall be capable of adjustment to plow-stocks of any class; to provide removable wings which can be applied or detached when it is desired to throw the dirt or soil to either the right or left; and to provide a removable point which can be replaced when it is worn out with another point of similar construction and thus render the sweep as good as new and save the farmer the cost of a new sweep" (lines 16-27).
Date: September 28, 1886
Creator: Lewis, Samuel Timothy & Babb, John Hendrick
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the plow-beam, of the plow-standard hinged to a crank-rod journaled in the plow-beam, the tension-spring connected to the plow-standard and provided with the adjustable plate, and the key or rod for securing the adjusting-plate in place" (lines 83-88).
Date: February 1, 1887
Creator: Ross, Albert J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fence.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fence. This design "ha[s] its rails arranged diagonally to the line of fencing, consisting of the double end posts, bound together at their upper ends by means of the crown-wire . . . the intermediate single posts, the horizontal rails having their ends alternately lapping the inner and outer sides of the said single posts, the transverse blocks, interposed between the respective rails, and the top rails bound to the single posts by means of the wire loops" (lines 78-88).
Date: May 20, 1884
Creator: Ford, Benjamin Franklin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Corn or Cotton Planter.

Description: Patent for a simple, inexpensive, and efficient adjustable corn or cotton planter. It has a frame, ground-wheel, furrow opening and closing apparatuses, a hopper, seeding devices, a crank-arm, an agitator shift, a set-screw, a crank-pin, and bearings on the sides of the hopper.
Date: December 4, 1894
Creator: Brown, Mathias
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a cultivator that is easily constructed and adjusted. It has a beam, parallel bars extending its length, a block between the front ends of the bars, an adjustable bar that carries the teeth, and clamping plates above and below the bar.
Date: March 12, 1895
Creator: Ford, John O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a new and improved plow. This design "consists in the point made with a land-side, fitting into a rabbet in the land-side of the standard, and made thicker and deeper than said rabbet, so as to project beyond and below said land-side to receive the wear" (para. 5).
Date: December 11, 1877
Creator: Dawson, William Wyatt
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cultivator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cultivator. This design "is to produce . . . cultivators [that] can be adjusted laterally in relation to each other and turned at any desirable angle, and in which the frame and the beam can be made to stand at any desired angle to each other" (lines 17-23). It consists in "a semicircular frame, two vertical plates secured to the ends of the said frame and having their upper edges serrated, blocks placed between the plates, the plates, bolts for clamping them to opposite edges of the vertical plates, and the cultivators which pass through the plates and the beam" (lines 8-15).
Date: December 16, 1890
Creator: Ford, John Owen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Press-Sweep

Description: Patent for a press sweep to be used with two baling presses. Illustrations included.
Date: May 3, 1910
Creator: Wakefield, Richard A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Clothes Pin

Description: Patent for a single piece wire clothes pin. Illustration included.
Date: February 27, 1906
Creator: Rumfield, Henry I. & Donaho, James R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Insulator.

Description: Patent for Insulator. This invention is related to new type of insulators whereas which provides support to hanging telephone wires and also securely insulates them.
Date: April 14, 1903
Creator: Claydon, Charles.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

General Soil Map, Madison County, Texas

Description: Map displays soil types along with creeks, towns, schools, churches, power transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, roads, and railroads. Includes legend and symbols. Scale 1:190,080
Date: 1994
Creator: United States. Soil Conservation Service.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Soil Survey of Madison County, Texas

Description: Text describes the area, climate, agricultural history and statistics, soil-survey methods and definitions, soils and crops, land uses and agricultural methods, irrigation, and morphology and genesis of soils of Madison County, Texas.
Date: 1994
Creator: Neitsch, Conrad L.; Castille, Joseph J. & Jurena, Maurice R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department