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Colorado City in Mitchell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Buffalo Trails

 
 
Buffalo Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
1. Buffalo Trails Marker
Inscription. These tracks, originally formed in soft dirt, are taken from an ancient buffalo trail which once guided herds to water at Champion Creek (6 miles south).

Thousands of buffalo running single file pounded trails like this deep into the ground. When any one route became too deep, they started another, over the years making many side by side. Trails to grazing areas radiated from watering holes. Migratory trails stretched from the Rio Grande to Canada, usually following high, level ground in order to avoid winter snowdrifts and summer muck.

Brothers J. Wright and John Mooar, Mitchell County businessmen and famous buffalo hunters, helped to kill thousands (including a white buffalo), 1870 to 1877. Chief product was the hide, but tongues, humps, and hams were also sold. Buffalo were so plentiful that in 1872 Mooar saw a northward migration of millions taking over 6 weeks to cross the Arkansas River.

In their time, buffalo trails aided the Indians, who followed them to the animals' feeding grounds. Later, explorers blazed new roads along them, and railroad engineers more than once used their exact routes. In this way, the buffalo trail was a key to the opening of transportation and settlement across the U.S.

(incise on base)
Early travel, transportation and communication series
Erected
Buffalo Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
2. Buffalo Trails Marker
Marker can be seen in distance, against wall behind museum, next to old caboose.
by The Moody Foundation 1967
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee and The Moody Foundation. (Marker Number 564.)
 
Location. 32° 23.392′ N, 100° 51.816′ W. Marker is in Colorado City, Texas, in Mitchell County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Locust Street and East 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located behind the Heart of West Texas Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Colorado City TX 79512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ruddick Park (approx. mile away); Comanche Village Massacre (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seven Wells (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsExplorationNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles
 
Buffalo Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
3. Buffalo Trails Marker
Buffalo Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
4. Buffalo Tracks
Tracks referenced on marker, at foot of marker.
Buffalo Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
5. Buffalo Tracks
Tracks referenced on marker, at foot of marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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