ALL ABOARD FOR TEXAS! GRAND TEXAS EXCURSION! UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF HENRY H. HANNAN, LAND EMIGRATION AGENT, SWAN CREEK, OHIO...
by [Texas Emigration]
Gallipolis, Ohio, 1875. Broadside, 6 1/2 x 13 inches. A couple tiny edge tears and soft creases. Very good plus. A striking broadside printed at the behest of land emigration agent, Henry H. Hannan (1844-1879), of Swan Creek, Ohio, who was active in selling land in Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas throughout the 1870s. Hannan released this broadside advertising a combination steamer and train excursion west "for the benefit of Emigrants and Land Buyers Who wish to make a first-class investment and secure desirable homes at the least possible expense, as well as those seeking recreation, the pleasure of hunting, &c. In low rates of fare, and other advantages, this is the most desirable opportunity ever offered to those desirous of visiting or seeking HOMES IN TEXAS!" The broadside was printed by the Gallipolis BULLETIN, a weekly newspaper founded in 1867, sometime in the mid- to late-1870s. Hannan died in 1879 from complications from being paralyzed after a fall from his horse. The steamer departed from "Pomeroy and Gallipolis," in Ohio, situated on the Ohio River, then likely continued through Cincinnati to points west, allowing travelers to catch a train for the remainder of their journey at various points along the way. Between 1880 and 1900, due in large part to the efforts of land agents such as Hannan, the population of Texas doubled to just over three million residents, the majority of them immigrants from other states in the Union. The availability of land and the abundance of natural resources drew countless steamers, trains, and wagon loads of hopefuls from the East and Midwest to the Lone Star State. A handsome advertising display piece from one of the busiest periods of immigration to Texas. (Inventory #: WRCAM52141)
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