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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Chisholm Trail

 
 
The Chisholm Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 12, 2011
1. The Chisholm Trail Marker
Inscription.

At the close of the Civil War when millions of longhorns were left on the plains of Texas without a market, the Union Pacific was building west across Kansas. Joseph McCoy, an Illinois stockman, believed these cattle could be herded over the prairies for shipment by rail. He built yards at Abilene and sent agents to notify the Texas cattlemen. The trail he suggested ran from the Red river to Abilene but took its name from Jesse Chisholm, Indian trader, whose route lay between the North Canadian river and this vicinity. In 1867 the first drives were made and during the next five years more than a million head moved north past this place. Eventually the railroads and the barbed wire of settlers closed the long trails. But the cowboys of these great drives, living in the saddle for more than a month, swimming flooded rivers, fighting night stampedes, have become the heroes of an American epic.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 62.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 45.636′ N, 97° 20.172′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on Broadway 0.3
The Chisholm Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 12, 2011
2. The Chisholm Trail Marker
Looking north
miles north of I-235 Exit 15, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pulloff. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4161 North Broadway, Wichita KS 67219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Treaties of 1865 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bicentennial of the Birth of George Washington (approx. 3.6 miles away); Memorial '70 (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Bicentennial of the Birth of George Washington (approx. 3.6 miles away); Morrison Library (approx. 3.6 miles away); North High School Indian Head (approx. 3.7 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); "Minisa" Bridge (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chisholm Trail in Kansapedia. (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Chisholm Trail in Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture . (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Chisholm Trail in The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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