Near Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Western Cattle Trail Crossings at Fort Griﬃn
In 1874, John T. Lytle drove 3,500 head of Longhorns from south Texas to Nebraska on a new trail, which he determined could sustain cattle to a shipping point at Dodge City, Kansas. The route became known as the Western, Fort Griffin or Dodge City Trail, and Fort Griffin served as an important watering and supply point. The trail began near Bandera and proceeded to Baird, where it fanned out at several points for optimum grazing. North of Albany, the route took drovers toward Fort Griffin, crossing the Clear Fork of the Brazos River in this vicinity (¼ mi. N) and at other upriver points. Multiple paths continued northward, merged again and finally crossed the Red River in Wilbarger County.
Two years later, between 73,000 and 108,000—about a quarter of Texas’ northern-bound cattle—came through the Fort Griffin area. By 1879, as rail lines extended across the Eastern Trail area, the Western
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14110.)
Location. 32° 55.925′ N, 99° 13.802′ W. Marker is near Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on County Road 184 0.6 miles west of U.S. 283, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frontier Town of Fort Griffin (here, next to this marker); Fort Griffin Civil Jail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Family Forts, C.S.A. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bush Knob Massacre (approx. 12.4 miles away); Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (approx. 13.8 miles away); Lieutenant Colonel William Edwin Dyess (approx. 13.8 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 14.6 miles away); Site of the Reynolds Presbyterian Academy (approx. 14.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . .
1. Western Trail. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 5, 2016.)
2. The Post on Government Hill. From the Texas Beyond History website, an extensive web page with photos, illustrations, and maps of Fort Griffin, the town of Fort Griffin, and the Western Trail. (Submitted on April 5, 2016.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.