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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Western Cattle Trail

 
 
Site of Western Cattle Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
1. Site of Western Cattle Trail Marker
Inscription. The main route–1876 to 1887–for several hundred thousand longhorns driven north to stock ranches and Indian reservations and to supply beef market.
     Was also called Dodge City Trail, for its main terminus; or Fort Griffin Trail, for the site where feeder trails joined.
     This major branch began in south Texas, passed the western outskirts of Abilene, and from here moved northeast to Fort Griffin. An alternate route ran to the Red River, then to Kansas.
     Use of the trail ceased after fenced ranges blocked route and Texas & Pacific Railway arrived.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4913.)
 
Location. 32° 27.098′ N, 99° 46.326′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on S. 1st Street 0.1 miles west of Leggett Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Company I   7th Texas Infantry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Abilene Woman's Club Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); Childers Classical Institute
Site of Western Cattle Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
2. Site of Western Cattle Trail Marker
View to north across S. 1st Street
(approx. 1.5 miles away); Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Magee House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of Guitar Mansion (approx. 1.9 miles away); Old Weather Bureau Building (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
 
Also see . . .  Western Trail. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on May 16, 2016.) 
 
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View to Northeast from S. 1st Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
3. View to Northeast from S. 1st Street
Marker is 500 feet west of intersection of S. 1st St and Leggett Dr
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 3 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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