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Near Throckmorton in Throckmorton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Great Western Trail

 
 
Great Western Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
1. Great Western Trail Marker
Inscription. Between 1874 and 1886, millions of cattle were driven up the Great Western Trail from south Texas to the midwestern U.S., where they were sent east to market by train. The Great Western surpassed the Chisholm Trail in both length and volume. The trail passed through Throckmorton County and had a major impact on its development. Many area ranches built herds from “drags” of the Western Trail; drovers sold or gave these cattle to ranchers because they were too weak or young to make the entire trek. Cattle ranching would become the major economic base in the county. Modern U.S. Highway 183 follows the exact route of the trail from Throckmorton to Seymour.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15927.)
 
Location. 33° 12.824′ N, 99° 11.815′ W. Marker is near Throckmorton, Texas, in Throckmorton County. Marker is on U.S. 283 1.9 miles north of Texas Highway 79, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Throckmorton TX 76483, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Throckmorton County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Throckmorton County Jail (approx. 2.6 miles away);
Great Western Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
2. Great Western Trail Marker
View to east from US 183/283
Throckmorton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Throckmorton County Courthouse (approx. 2.7 miles away); Camp Cooper, C.S.A. (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Great Western Trail (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bush Knob Massacre (approx. 8.7 miles away); Capt. Marcy Meets Chief Senaco (approx. 11.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Throckmorton.
 
Also see . . .  Western Trail. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on March 27, 2016.) 
 
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View to North on US 183/283 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
3. View to North on US 183/283
Marker is on right (east) side of highway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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