Details for Site of Western Cattle Trail

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441004913


Marker Number 4913
Atlas Number 5441004913
Marker Title Site of Western Cattle Trail
Index Entry Western Cattle Trail, Site of
Address S. 1st & Leggett Dr.
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 427434
UTM Northing 3590544
Subject Codes roads; cattle, cattle industry topics
Marker Year 1968
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Corner of S. 1st & Leggett Drive, on T & P Railroad Tow, Abilene
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The main route -1876 to 1887- for several hundred thousand longhorns driven north to stock ranches and Indian reservations and to supply beef market. Was also called Dodge City Trail, for its main terminus; or Fort Griffin Trail, for the site where feeder trails joined. This major branch began in South Texas, passed the western outskirts of Abilene, and from here moved northeast to Fort Griffin. An alternate route ran to the Red River, then to Kansas. Use of the trail ceased after fenced ranges blocked route, and Texas & Pacific Railway arrived. (1968)

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