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Burleson County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Burleson County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, roads, the old San Antonio road, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1920
Creator: Atlee, Tom & Giles, J. Bascom
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

General Highway Map Burleson County, Texas

Description: Highway map of Burleson 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 eight inset maps - Cooks Point, Inset No. 1, Inset No. 2, Lyons, Clay, Inset No. 3, Deanville, and Chriesman - a key to counties diagram, and an extensive legend in the lower-left corner, indicating geographical and human-made features. Scale [ca. 1:126,720] (2 miles to the inch).
Date: 1961
Creator: Texas State Highway Department
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Trading Card: Alligator Gar]

Description: Trading card issued as part of the Geocache Challenge program for Lake Somerville - Birch Creek State Park, depicting an alligator gar fish. The back of the card includes information about the species.
Date: 2011
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Stretcher

Description: Patent for a device that improves "wire-stretchers, but also adapted to be used for other purposes" (lines 15-19) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: 1900-10-2
Creator: Calhoun, Albert C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Horse at Village Creek Ranch]

Description: Photograph of a horse at Village Creek Ranch in Burleson, Texas. The ranch was owned by Bess Fish, and it was managed by Don Carr for many years. Carr founded the American Cutting Horse Association. The horse stands in a field, and someone holding its lead can partially be seen in the left of the image.
Date: unknown
Creator: Dalco Photography
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Don Carr with Horse]

Description: Photograph of Don Carr walking a horse toward a barn at Village Creek Ranch. A sign on the barn reads "Jake Cascio Training Stables." A Ford truck is parked outside.
Date: unknown
Creator: Dalco Photography
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Low-Pressure Alarm and Indicator for Air-Brakes.

Description: Patent for "air-brake mechanisms in general, and more particularly to the alarms for giving warning when the pressure in the train-pipe drops to a predetermined point and for giving a visual signal when such condition exists" (p. 1, lines 8-13).
Date: October 25, 1900
Creator: Parsons, Avery H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stalk- Cutter

Description: Patent for a Stalk-Cutter, a "simple, durable and efficient device for cutting stalks, like cotton, cornstalks or weeds, while standing" (lines 13-14).
Date: October 24, 1905
Creator: Wilburn, Sylvestor
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Combined Spading, Plowing, and Stalk-Cutting Machines.

Description: Patent for an earth working machine that can be used for spading, plowing and stalk-cutting by arranging “a series of spades in a plane parallel with the axis of the machine and interposed spades in planes at right angles thereto, all attached to a reciprocating cross-bar.” (P. 2, lines [29]-[33].) The spades are adjustable in height and, it can be removed to use as a cultivator. For stalk-cutting, the plows may be removed. Illustration is included.
Date: September 5, 1876
Creator: Mathes, William McConnell
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Jar Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved jar fastener. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with a fruit can or jar, having a continuous groove across its bottom and up its sides, of a U-shaped bolt resting in said groove, a cap-plate resting on the top of the jar and through which the legs of the bolt extend, and securing nuts turning on the ends of the bolt above the cap-plate" (lines 78-84).
Date: April 5, 1887
Creator: Dickey, Marion Flutcher
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fence.

Description: Patent for a new and improved fence. This design "consist[s] of posts, a barbed-wire line connecting the top portions of the posts, the horizontal slats, the vertical wires secured at their lower ends to the lower portions of the post, and looped around the slats and connected at their upper portions to the wire line, and thence extending upward and secured to the upper ends of the posts above said wire line, and wire loops passing around the ends of the lower slats and connected with the lower portions of the vertical wires" (lines 82-93).
Date: December 14, 1886
Creator: Gordon, Marion J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Staple Extractor.

Description: Patent for a staple extractor used for removing wire from the posts of wire fences. Includes illustrations.
Date: May 24, 1892
Creator: Hunt, Thomas M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Animal Trap.

Description: Patent for a new and improved animal-trap. This design consists in "the combination, with the frame, of the spear fitted to slide therein and provided with a notched shank, spring for forcing the spear down, and the trigger pivoted to the frame and provided with a forked plate at its lower end, and with a toe for engaging the notch of the shank of the spear" (lines 8-15).
Date: November 29, 1887
Creator: Wood, Evans
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting-Machine.

Description: Patent for a sewing machine that stitches in rows or patterns, using select techniques to stitch through layers of fabric and batting, in the manner of old-style hand quilting. Included are instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 5, 1884
Creator: Woods, Evans
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Seed Planter.

Description: Patent for a new and improved planter. This design consists in "the combination of the frame, the hopper having a notch or opening in its rear edge, the seed-spout extending vertically along the rear side of the hopper and communicating therewith through said notch, the reciprocating rod having a jointed upper end provided with a seed-cup, the rock-shaft having crank-arm, and an arm connected with said reciprocating-rod, the crank-shaft, pitman, driving-wheel, and the sprocket-gears and chain connecting the crank-shaft and wheel-axle" (lines 84-96).
Date: May 10, 1887
Creator: Clark, Council H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department