W. P. Soash Land Company:
An Inventory of Its Records, 1907-1918, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Founded by William Pulver Soash in 1905, the W.P. Soash Land Company sold land tracts in the Texas Panhandle, and the land developer and colonizer used excursion trains to promote lands which were available through his company. A company magazine entitled The Golden West was used to advertise and create an interest in the areas being opened. The magazine also included social, economic, and political discussions. In 1912, Soash was forced to close the land company due to three years of drought in the Texas Panhandle region.
The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of William Pulver Soash at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html
The collection consists of three bound record books related to the W.P. Soash Land Company, of which two volumes are entitled " Record of Land Sales, W.P. Soash Land Company,"; while the other is marked as "Note Register, W.P. Soash Land Company Waterloo, Iowa." These records contain notations concerning the purchase and sale of lands, buyers and sellers, costs, and location and size of lands. The material deals primarily with the land company, but records pertaining to the Florida Fertile Lands Company are also included.
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W. P. Soash Land Company Records, 1907-1918, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
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Processed by: Abel Ramirez, August 2000