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Brady in McCulloch County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Western Trail

 
 
Western Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 23, 2015
1. Western Trail Marker
Inscription. Through this gap in hills called "Brady Mountains" passed the western cattle trail, also known as "Dodge City Trail", "Fort Griffin Trail", or "The Beef Trail". Said to have originated in 1876, this was the last of the old-time Texas cattle trails, those east of here having been closed by farmers. Large numbers of cattle were driven up this trail 1876 to 1886--over 200,000 head in 1881 alone. This trail started near Brownsville and came up to San Antonio, then northwest through or near Uvalde and Kerrville. Skirting the Nueces River, it came over the divide, crossing headwaters of the South Llano River, fording San Saba River at Pegleg Crossing, going downriver about six miles, then turning north. Near Brady, feeder trails came from Fort McKavett and points west, and from San Saba, to the east.

After leaving Cow Gap (likely so named from Cow Creek, about 500 yards west of this marker), it went northwest and over the Colorado at "Beef Crossing" in Waldrip's Bend, then to Coleman, Baird, Fort Griffin and Vernon, spanning Red River at Doan's Crossing. Northward through Indian country it went to Dodge City, Kansas, and later into Wyoming and Montana.

This trail was of great worth to the territories it traversed.
 
Erected 1970. (Marker Number 5765.)
 
Location.
Western Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 23, 2015
2. Western Trail Marker
Looking north, view of marker, on left, with gap in hills in distance.
31° 15.521′ N, 99° 22.77′ W. Marker is in Brady, Texas, in McCulloch County. Marker is on U.S. 283 0.2 miles north of County Route 304, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brady TX 76825, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lohn Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fife Cemetery (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Western Trail. The Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 25, 2015.) 
 
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Western Trail, Santa Anna, Texas image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 23, 2015
3. Western Trail, Santa Anna, Texas
Western Trail signpost type marker 35 miles north in Santa Anna, Texas, at the base of the Santa Anna peaks.
Western Trail Marker, Crossing of the Colorado image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 23, 2015
4. Western Trail Marker, Crossing of the Colorado
View of general area where trail would have crossed the Colorado River, about 12 miles north of marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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