The Texas Legislature set aside 50 leagues of land in the 1850s to establish a university system in the state. A league is approximately 4,428 acres of land. The leagues were surveyed and sold in franctional parts, typically 80 ac., 160 ac., or 320 ac.; the proceeds of the land sales went toward the development of the University of Texas and Texas A&M University. The leagues were located in several of the northeastern counties. "Univ LGE" means "University League.
In the late 1800s the Texas Legislature granted 2 million more acres to the University system. These lands in west Texas were located in blocks of 640 acre sections and were never sold. Revenue has been generated from surface and minieral leases to benefit the Permanent University Fund (PUF).
Chief Surveyor, Surveying Division
Texas General Land Office
July 24, 2010
Library of Congress: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Portal to Texas History: Grayson Co. Sanborn Fire Maps
A New Land
Elaine Nall Bay
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