Little-known Western figure became Dallas surveyor

J'Nell-Pate-mugI enjoy meeting new people, but I also get excited when I “meet” someone new in the pages of Western history. While reading a book on fur trappers by my friend Robert M. Utley (great Western writer), I learned about Warren Angus Ferris.

Born December 26, 1810 in Glen Falls, NY, Ferris lost his father when he was three. His mother remarried, and Ferris’ stepfather encouraged him to read history, literature and civil engineering. He learned the rudiments of surveying all before he left home at age eighteen to earn his own living. A series of odd jobs eventually brought him to St.


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