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19th Century Texas Towns Photographs

Identifier: MSS 0425

Scope and Contents

The 19th Century Texas Towns Photo collection contains 230 black and white photographs of locations throughout Texas. While they are undated, the images appear to come from the late 19th century--horses and buggies, as well as trains are prevelant, while automobiles are absent. Although the images themselves are older, it is possible that the physical prints are more recent.

These photographs present a variety of scenes showing Texas' development in the late 19th century. They depict schools, shops, post offices, hospitals, farms, residences, court houses, mills, street scenes, nature scenes, churches, hotels, rail yards and train stations, jacals, and other urban and rural settings.

Cities and towns depicted include Houston, Galveston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Waco, Jefferson, Hearne, Sherman, Weatherford, Clarksville, Abilene, Paris, Lufkin, Huntsville, Willis, Rockport, Terrell, Naples, Taylor, Tyler, Palestine, Denton, Laredo, Rockdale, Corsicana, Denison, Longview, Sulphur Springs, Cotulla, and Gatesville. Counties named include Upshur, McLennan, Fannin, Rusk, Leon, Collin, Marion, Cass, Bowie, Mitchell, Franklin, Milam, and Harrison. There are also a few images set in Mexico.

The photographs are primarily 8x10" or similar size. All have text identifying the location or image content.


  • probably late 19th century


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the MSS 0425 19th Century Texas Towns Photographs must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes) : 230 photographic prints

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19th Century Texas Towns Photographs
Matt Richardson
February 22, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002