Sanger in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Chisholm Trail in Denton County
The Chisholm Trail was a significant route for cattle drives in the late 1800s that traveled the entire length of Denton County and played a major role in the agricultural development of the county. Following the Civil War, veterans returned home to an uncertain future. Jobs were scarce and ranch lands were neglected and decayed. The burgeoning cattle industry in Texas and the use of the Chisholm Trail to drive cattle to Kansas to be shipped to eastern markets helped bring financial prosperity to the state and Denton County.
From 1867 to 1884, millions of cattle made the long trek to Kansas, many passing through Denton County on their way. Money made by numerous ranchers and businessmen created a ripple effect to the State of Texas economy, and the demand for goods and services returned. Over the years, 30,000 to 40,000 cowboys worked the trail as an industry was created in Texas that still exists today.
In Denton County the trail extended from Elizabethtown in the south to just north of Bolivar. The county is home to a number of heritage ranch properties that have remained in the same family for over a century, a
Although the trail diminished as the railroad spread throughout the country, the Chisholm Trail was a significant part of America’s and Texas’ economic history and helped rebuild many distressed areas following the Civil War. The allure, mystique and impact of the Chisholm Trail and the cowboys who worked the trail will remain for generations.
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18697.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 33° 21.474′ N, 97° 18.94′ W. Marker is in Sanger, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is on Chapman Road (Farm to Market Road 455) west of Freeman Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanger TX 76266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forester Ranch (approx. half a mile away); Townsite of Bolivar (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bolivar Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Plainview Cemetery (approx. 4.6 miles away); Gregg Ranch (approx. 6½ miles away); Sanger Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.1 miles away); City of KrumGalilee Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanger.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2022, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 21, 2022, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.