In a refurbished historic building on Elgin’s Main Street, Ed Rivers oversees the local office of Bastrop Abstract Company, which is 130 years old. Some of the file cabinets in a back room contain records even older — dating back to when Texas joined the Union in 1845.
The documents are the roots of what’s called a title plant — in modern terminology, a database — and every title agent licensed in Texas must either own one or pay for access to one. State law now requires that they go back at least as far as 1979. But a sovereignty plant is still the gold standard.
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