Burton D. Hurd Land Company’s trip to Collegeport

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Burton D. Hurd showing his Collegeport land development.


Matagorda County History Website

   EDITOR’S NOTE: The Burton Land Company produced a brochure in 1910 with pictures and captions to entice residents of Red Oak, Iowa, and surrounding areas to visit, buy property and relocate in Collegeport. 
   The brochure contained original photographs which were pasted two to a page along with a printed caption which was pasted below each picture.    
   Including the cover, there were 12 pages and the brochure contained 20 pictures along with one loose picture tucked inside. 
   We’ve included some of the brochure’s photos - thanks to the Matagorda County History Website - and the following newspaper article in 1910 about the trip and the sights.
Spends a Few Hours in Bay City and Proceeds to Collegeport at 4 p.m.
   Personally conducted by G. M. Magill, secretary of the company, the regular homeseekers excursion party of the Burton D. Hurd Land Co. arrived in Bay City via the Gulf Coast Line shortly after noon today. 
   The party numbers 100 homeseekers, occupying four special tourist cars, and brass band of Red Oak, Ia.the Burton Land Company.
   At the station the four special cars were left by the regular train to give the strangers opportunity to inspect the county seat and metropolis of the county in which they expect to locate. 
   Headed by the band a dozen vehicles were loaded to capacity with the eager and curious visitors, many of whom had never before trod ground beneath the surface of which Jack Frost never penetrates, and while the band played, the procession covered the principal streets of the city, from which the strangers could view the business houses and many of the homes and premises of our prosperous people - premises where the orange and lemon tree and the rose and cape jessamine grow.the Burton Land Company.
   Afterward they were conducted to the Cash orange, fig and pecan orchard, where five acres of orange trees are loaded down with almost matured fruit and where from five acres of fig trees revenue has been derived this year warranting a valuation of $1000 an acre.
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