KOSSE, THEODORE, AND T. SCOTT. Map of the City of Houston and Environs... according to the latest Survey's compiled and drawn by Th. Kosse. Houston: 1867.

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KOSSE, THEODORE, AND T. SCOTT.
Map of the City of Houston and Environs... according to the latest Survey's compiled and drawn by Th. Kosse. Houston: 1867.

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KOSSE, THEODORE, AND T. SCOTT.
Map of the City of Houston and Environs... according to the latest Survey's compiled and drawn by Th. Kosse. Houston: 1867.
Lithographed plan of Houston, on two sheets, partially colored. Overall 1290 x 940 mm. The plan set within a decorative border, and decorated with portraits of Sam Houston, at head , and with 8 other portraits of Houston worthies, including Allen, Bagby, Holeman, Lubbock, Hutchins, House, Baker and Sam Allen, the margins further decorated with 10 views of the distinguished buildings of Houston, the map dividing the city into 5 central wards based around Main and Commerce Streets, with each ward divided into numbered lots, most lots colored in light blue, with Little White Oak, White Oak and Buffalo Bayous winding through the city, two areas are denoted by blue lines in the central part of town, unnumbered outlying plots identified by their owners names. Old fold creases, some light restoration of a clean fold near upper margin and a few old holes neatly filled at upper right. Framed.

A fine and rare early plan of Houston, published just as the City was developing rapidly in the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War, in effect, issued as a way of encouraging land development in the growing city. Kosse was an engineer for the railways, and Scott a Real Estate Broker, and together they collaborated in developing real estate of Houston. There appears to have been only one printing of this plan, which is very rarely seen on the market. Houston was founded by the Allen brothers who purchased land from John Austen's widow, near the Buffalo Bayou and named the new town after their first Texan President Sam Houston in 1836. The city developed rapidly from its initial settlement, aided by the building of railways, and by the development of a cotton, sugar and lumber export business. In the 1840s German immigrants with capital, arrived in numbers, encouraged by specially published immigrants books, sold in Germany, and Mexicans arrived soon after to build the railways and stayed on. Hence by 1867 Houston was already a substantial bustling city and port, with ambitious plans to expand. During this period of reconstruction when the Union took control of the city from the Confederates in 1865, Houston was under military command, and there were many commercial opportunities to capitalize on, and this map must be looked at with this background history in mind. This historical map is very much a commercial map, detailing opportunities and land to be capitalized on.
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KOSSE, THEODORE, AND T. SCOTT. Map of the City of Houston and Environs... according to the latest Survey's compiled and drawn by Th. Kosse. Houston: 1867.
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