A colleague just asked me this....what are the "x"s along the lines? My best guess was spot elevations, but there aren't any numbers next to them. This is an old map ~1929.
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Acording to a map legend I got from here some time ago from another discussion, that appears to be a barbed-wire fence.
"X-lines" are a standard symbol on construction drawings for fences. I think that the USGS used a dashed line for fencelines now, but maybe that changed at some point.
I agree with the above - my guess would be fences. My second choice might be power or phone lines, but depending on location that might have been unlikely in 1929.
A handy link to bookmark is http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/symbols/ for USGS map symbols. It's not particularly helpful in this situation, but it's a good reference for others who might visit this topic and not know about it.
Working as a riverguide in the Big Bend of Texas, a guest deeply engrossed with studying my topo maps asked me "What is this feature 'fen-ce-li-na'?" "Fen-ce-li-na?" I had never heard of it or noted it on the map. I asked to look, and there on a definite line with "X's" was the word "Fenceline". Just a wrong pronunciation. So I'm certain those are fenced pastures. Enjoy!
I agree. Having done a lot of work in Texas, this was commonly used to denote a barbed wire fence.