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The Resource Land is the cry! : Warren Angus Ferris, pioneer Texas surveyor and founder of Dallas County, Susanne Starling

Land is the cry! : Warren Angus Ferris, pioneer Texas surveyor and founder of Dallas County, Susanne Starling

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Land is the cry! : Warren Angus Ferris, pioneer Texas surveyor and founder of Dallas County
Title
Land is the cry!
Title remainder
Warren Angus Ferris, pioneer Texas surveyor and founder of Dallas County
Statement of responsibility
Susanne Starling
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Land Is the Cry! is the fascinating story of Warren Ferris, a New York Yankee who deserves to be remembered as the "Father of Dallas County." Except for a twist of fate, Dallas, Texas, would have been named "Warwick" by its two founders, surveyor Ferris and land speculator William P. King. Historian A.C. Greene calls Warren Ferris the most "unappreciated figure in Dallas history." But Ferris has more than regional significance, for his remarkable story encompasses three arenas: the Niagara frontier of western New York, the fur-trading country of the Rocky Mountains, and frontier northeast Texas during the years of the Republic
  • Surveying at the Three Forks of the Trinity in 1839, Ferris entered the area before John Neely Bryan, the traditionally recognized founder of Dallas, and Ferris's surveys determined the line of streets and roads that shaped the future county. In 1847, Ferris settled down to farming east of White Rock Creek, where he raised a family and helped build a community. This literate and versatile character was also a prolific letterwriter, and much of the family correspondence to and from Buffalo has been preserved. These Ferris letters, and other family materials covering the period 1828-1885, help reconstruct the exciting life and times of Warren Ferris
  • Although his brother returned to their hometown of Buffalo, New York, Warren Ferris spent another thirty-five years of his eventful life in Texas
  • Ferris merited fame even before he came to Texas in 1837. While working as a trapper and fur trader in the Rocky Mountains for six years, Ferris kept a diary of his adventures. This journal, the classic Life in the Rocky Mountains, accompanied by a map that he drew from memory, provided a unique and valuable picture of trapper and Indian life in the 1830s. Ferris also gave the public its first written description of Yellowstone's amazing geysers. As a businessman seeking to become a landowner, furtrader Ferris followed his brother Charles to Texas the year after the Texas Revolution. He became the official surveyor for Nacogdoches County, which then included much of northeast Texas west to the Trinity River
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 978/.02/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F390.F42
LC item number
S73 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Land is the cry! : Warren Angus Ferris, pioneer Texas surveyor and founder of Dallas County, Susanne Starling
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Published ... in cooperation with the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: The modern search for Warren Ferris -- On the Niagara frontier -- Trapping the Yellowstone country -- Homecoming -- Gone to Texas -- "Jack of diamonds" -- At the Three Forks -- Personal tragedy -- Embroiled in controversy -- At home on White Rock Creek -- The brothers' war -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Poems of Warren A. Ferris -- Appendix B: Genealogical charts
Control code
37527561
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 247 p.
Isbn
9780876111611
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97031394
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1998. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps (1 folded)
Label
Land is the cry! : Warren Angus Ferris, pioneer Texas surveyor and founder of Dallas County, Susanne Starling
Publication
Note
"Published ... in cooperation with the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University of Texas at Austin"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: The modern search for Warren Ferris -- On the Niagara frontier -- Trapping the Yellowstone country -- Homecoming -- Gone to Texas -- "Jack of diamonds" -- At the Three Forks -- Personal tragedy -- Embroiled in controversy -- At home on White Rock Creek -- The brothers' war -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Poems of Warren A. Ferris -- Appendix B: Genealogical charts
Control code
37527561
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 247 p.
Isbn
9780876111611
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97031394
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1998. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps (1 folded)

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