Near Vernon in Wilbarger County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Western Texas – Kansas Trail
1876 – 1895
Erected 1931 by Texans.
Location. 34° 20.595′ N, 99° 15.316′ W. Marker is near Vernon, Texas, in Wilbarger County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 924 and Farm to Market Road 2916, on the right when traveling north on Highway 924. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vernon TX 76384, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Doan's Crossing (here, next to this marker); Doan's Crossing on Red River (here, next to this marker); Capt. John T. Lytle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doans' Adobe Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Beginning Trip of Abernathy Boys to New York City in 1910 (approx. 10.2 miles away in Oklahoma); Vernon Drugstore (was approx. 13.2 miles away W. D. Berry Home (approx. 13.2 miles away); Thaddeus Edgar Johnson (approx. 13.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
Also see . . . The Great Western Cattle Trail Monument Controversy. P.P. Ackley, a retired drover and cattle inspector from Elk City, Oklahoma, began his own project to mark the trail—calling it the “Longhorn Chisholm Trail.” Plans advanced to place a granite marker honoring those who went up the Western Trail at Doan's (Doans) Crossing, an important supply stop on the trail, with Mr. Ackley putting up $1,000 toward the project. But when the marker was unveiled in October 1931 after the 17th reunion of the Old Time Trail Drivers, the Texans were livid, the monument inscription ended with: "The Longhorn Chisholm Trail and the Western Trail, 1876-1895. This monument built of Texas Granite, by G. W. Backus." Sometime after 1936, the inscription was carefully modified to remove the last line and its reference to the Longhorn Chisholm Trail. The inscription now ends with: “The Western Texas-Kansas Trail” and "THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY TEXANS.” (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.