Save Texas History
Published in

Save Texas History

[detail] W.H. Sandusky, City of Austin and Vicinity, Austin, 1839, Map #3149, Map Collection, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.

A New Seat of Government — the Original Survey of the City of Austin

William Sandusky’s 1839 map was the first to show the layout of the City of Austin.
[left] A note on the map identifies the Government Tract as containing 7,734 acres, and the townsite as containing 640 acres. [right] The town tract is situated fronting the Colorado River roughly bounded by Shoal Creek on the west and Waller Creek on the east.
Waterloo appears across the Colorado River from the grants condemned by eminent domain on this certified copy of an 1838 map that GLO Commissioner Andrew J. Baker declared “the oldest and only Bastrop District Map on file in this office.” [detail] Bartlett Sims, Bastrop District, Austin: Texas General Land Office, 9 March 1838, Map #83006, Map Collection, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.
Enlarged portion of original survey map of Travis County, showing the eight original surveys that made up the “Government Tract.” J.L. Woodland, Travis County, Austin, 1936, Map #77438, Map Collection, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.
This map shows the 640-acre townsite of Austin surveyed into lots, known as the “In-Lots.” L.J. Pilie, Plan of the City of Austin, Austin, 1839, TSLAC Map #926d, Map Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, TX. Reproductions of this map (GLO Map #76204) are available for sale at the GLO courtesy of TSLAC.
Sam Houston, months before serving his second term as President of the Republic of Texas, purchased Lot 5 in Block 46. Sale certificate for Sam Houston, 8 February 1841, Austin City Lots 000069, Austin City Lots and Outlots Records, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.
This map is a 1931 copy of the original 1840 map, which is in very poor condition, showing the extent of the “Out-Lots.” William H. Sandusky, Topographical Map of the Government Tract adjoining the City of Austin, Austin, 1840 (1931), Map #2178, Map Collection, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.
Click to sign up for weekly Texas history e-mails!

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Texas General Land Office

Official Account for the Texas General Land Office | Follow Commissioner George P. Bush on Twitter at @georgepbush. www.txglo.org