Eminent domain is “the right of the state, or of those to whom the power has been delegated, to condemn private property for public use and to appropriate the ownership and possession of the property upon paying the owner a due compensation.” It is “one of the inalienable rights” of the government “to take private property for public use.”
Fort Worth & Denver City Ry. Co. v. Ammons, 215 S.W.2d 407, 409 (Tex.App.–Amarillo 1948, ref. n.r.e.).