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Company Description (as filed with the SEC)
(a) General Development of Business. The registrant (hereinafter called "Texas Pacific" or the "Trust") was organized under a Declaration of Trust, dated February 1, 1888, to receive and hold title to extensive tracts of land in the State of Texas, previously the property of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company, and to issue transferable Certificates of Proprietary Interest pro rata to the holders of certain debt securities of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company. The Trustees are empowered under the Declaration of Trust to manage the lands with all the powers of an absolute owner, and to use the lands and the proceeds of sale of the lands, either to pay dividends to the Certificate holders or to buy in and cancel outstanding Certificates. The Trust's income is derived primarily from land sales, oil and gas royalties, easements and sundry income, grazing leases, and interest. This method of operation has continued through the present. ... More ...