The Franco-Texan Land Company

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The Franco-Texan Land Company

By Virginia H. Taylor

The history of a land company and its role in the development of Northwest Texas.



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6 x 9 | 345 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-78181-8

The Franco-Texan Land Company was formed, ostensibly, by the French bondholders of the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railroad in an attempt to salvage their investments through sale of lands in the railroad's Texas land grant. Most of the land company's wealth, however, went into the pockets of unscrupulous local managers and directors, and another railroad eventually built a road across Texas along the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific right of way.

Despite their unsavory histories, the land company and its railroad parent played an important part in the development of Northwest Texas. Virginia Taylor's account of their activities furthers the study of the role of land companies in the settlement of the United States and adds interesting sidelights on one of the immigrant groups that left the imprint of Europe on frontier Texas.

1. John C. Frémont and the Memphis, El Paso, and Pacific Railway Company
2. John A. C. Gray and the Texas and Pacific Railway Company
3. A Land Company Is Formed
4. Weatherford, Texas
5. Paris, France
6. Henry P. du Bellet and the Texas and Pacific Arrive in Weatherford
7. Moving West with the Railroads
8. The Loss of Two Presidents
9. Leon Chotteau Comes to Texas
10. The Du Bellet Enterprises
11. More Trouble in Weatherford
12. George P. Levy
13. Mrs. Alfred Hammond of Weatherford
14. The French in Texas

Virginia Taylor was the Spanish translator for the General Land Office of Texas and has translated The Memoirs of Pancho Villa, published in 1965.