Erratic survey lines in the Texas Panhandle trace back to an equally inconsistent "surveyor."


BY MICHAEL H. PRICE
January 09, 2009
 
Back in the not-so-long-ago nineteen-sixties, the Standard Oil Company unearthed a long-hidden mess when it undertook to lease a great deal of property around the townsite of Old Mobeetie, in the Texas Panhandle. The transactions proved abnormally complicated because, as an executive from Standard’s Oklahoma City office complained: “It cost us a fortune to get those land titles straightened out because of all those crooked survey lines.”
 
One of the old-time landowners allowed as how the Standard Oil bigwigs might be surprised to learn who had been responsible for all that erratic surveying. The surveyor in question was Bat Masterson, one of the many colorful and controversial denizens of Mobeetie’s earliest days. ...
 
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