Near Vernon in Wilbarger County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Capt. John T. Lytle
Father of the Great Western Trail
In 1874 John t Lytle drove a herd of 3500 longhorn cattle from south Texas to Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The trail that he mapped would later be known as The Great Western Cattle Trail, the greatest of all the cattle trails. The trail was longer (Mexico to Canada) carried more cattle (6 to 8 million) and was in use longer (1874 – 1893). The trail was also know as The Texas Trail, Dodge City Trail, and more recently The Lonesome Dove Trail.
“Capt. Lytle was a well prepared drover and a great man” words of Corwin F. Doan
back of marker
Jonathan Doan established a trading post later known as Doan's Store in April 1878. His nephew, Corwin Doan arrived in October 1878 and took over the business. The U.S. Postal Department designated a post office at the store in 1879, with Corwin Doan as postmaster. The store provided supplies to trail drivers, American Indians, and settlers in old Greer County. Ouanah Parker was a frequent visitor during the the trail driving era. The store did as much as 1200 dollars in business per day. It was not unusual
Erected 2017 by The Oklahoma Chapter of The Great Western Cattle Trail Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1878.
Location. 34° 20.605′ N, 99° 15.334′ W. Marker is near Vernon, Texas, in Wilbarger County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2916 and Farm to Market Road 924, on the left when traveling east on Highway 2916. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vernon TX 76384, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Doans' Adobe Building (here, next to this marker); The Western Texas Kansas Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Doan's Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Doan's Crossing on Red River (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); W. D. Berry HomeVernon Drugstore (approx. 13.2 miles away); Thaddeus Edgar Johnson (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 194 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.