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Ogallala in Keith County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

End of the Texas Trail

1875-1885

 
 
End of the Texas Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
1. End of the Texas Trail Marker
Inscription. An etching of Ogallala appeared in an 1878 issue of American Agriculturalist magazine, depicting the town as the terminus of Texas cattle drives. It shows cattle being driven up the trail, across the South Platte River, and into Union Pacific cattle pens. Trains then carried the cattle to markets in the East, or ranches in the West. Some herds were also trailed north to provide beef for Indian reservations. The cattle drives had a major impact on Ogallala’s early history and growth. Their legacy is recalled by “Long Horns,” an art deco style mural in the Ogallala post office. The painting, by artist Frank Mechau, was commissioned in 1938 by the U.S. Treasury’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, and funded by the Works Progress Administration. Although the painting depicts a Caucasian cowboy, two of every seven were African-American or Hispanic.
 
Erected by Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 41° 7.607′ N, 101° 43.16′ W. Marker is in Ogallala, Nebraska, in Keith County. Marker is on North Spruce Street near East Third Street. Click for map
End of the Texas Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
2. End of the Texas Trail Marker
. This maker is in front of the Ogallala Post Office. It is marker no. 3 of the Historic Walk of Fame in Ogallala, NE. Marker is at or near this postal address: 319 North Spruce Street, Ogallala NE 69153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standard Oil Gas Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); KOGA AM & FM (about 400 feet away); Highways 26 and 92 (about 500 feet away); The Great Platte River Road (about 500 feet away); The Mormon Trail (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Platte River Road (about 500 feet away); California Hill (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ogallala.
 
Additional keywords. cattle drive
 
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End of the Texas Trail Marker in front of the Ogallala Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
3. End of the Texas Trail Marker in front of the Ogallala Post Office
The Ogallala Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
4. The Ogallala Post Office
The "Long Horns" mural by Frank Mechau image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 9, 2011
5. The "Long Horns" mural by Frank Mechau
This mural is inside the Ogallala Post Office.
 
 
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