Take a look at the world of the Texas trail driver. A world that flashed into existence after the Civil War, was gone in the blink of an eye, and left us a uniquely American mythos.
What you see was originally distributed as a folding pocket map. It was drawn by William Weston (1844-1920), an engineer employed by the Kansas Pacific.
Railroad agents handed it out across Texas to convince trail drivers that the Ellsworth, Kansas rail head as the most convenient way to access markets East and West.
Over half a million Texas longhorns went up the trail the previous year. The Kansas Pacific wanted a bigger piece of the action and maps for cowboys seemed like the way to get it.
It’s a rare gem today. An original would set you back between $5,000 and $10,000.
Collectors love it for the longhorn cartouche at lower left, which is unique in the map world.
But they also love it for what it is and what it shows. A brief, shining moment that branded the Texan soul forever.
18 by 24 inches
On heavyweight fine-art paper
This is a high quality fine-art print.
The paper is acid free, cold press cotton watercolor with an elegant lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', reproducing the shading and tonality of the original map vividly, beautifully, and exactly.
The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your map in direct sun and it will be just as bright when passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.
It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!