Muskogee, OK: Model Printing Co. [for the author], (1913). 12mo. 60 pp. The Pocket edition, bound in limp leather, gilt title on front cover. Wear and chipping to spine, else very good. Previous owner's signature on front pastedown. Each page contains a detailed plat map with landowner's names inserted. A handy source book for those intent on real estate development on Indian lands. Item #57805
The Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 was a Congressional act designed to parcel out tribal lands into individual holdings. Any land that remained after all tribal members had been alloted their share could then be sold to non-natives. The Five Civilized Tribes were originally exempt from this act, but when oil and gas fields were discovered on their reservations, interest in their land intensified. The Curtis Act of 1898 opened their land for allotment. Nice, portable atlases like this one allowed real estate entrepreneurs to know who owned what. Eddie Hastain (1869-1943) was an attorney who came to Muskogee, Indian Territory, around 1900. He compiled and published this land plat atlas as a service to abstract and title firms, law clerks, land offices, and land speculators. A valuable research tool for the development of Oklahoma land.
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