Texas Trail Canyon
Prior to 1880, the main Texas-Ogallala Trail entered Nebraska fifty miles east of here, but with influx of homesteaders, the trail was pushed west to this area. By 1881 this canyon was known as Texas Trail Canyon, and a checkpoint was established here in 1883-84, where the cattle were checked for brands and disease. It is said that 150,00 cattle were moved through here in 1886, the last year of the trail drives.
A number of pioneers burials were made in the immediate vicinity, beginning with Mexican Leon, a cowboy killed in a fight with Ira Olive. When the railroad built through in 1881-82, a worker was killed and buried 100 yards east of here. Remains of several unidentified pioneers, adults and children, have been discovered over the years, and they were reinterred here in 1971.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list.
Location. 40° 1.441′ N, 101° 51.371′ W. Marker is in Haigler, Nebraska, in Dundy County. Marker is on U.S. 34, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: US Highway 34, Haigler NE 69030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
More about this marker. This marker is approx. 4 miles east of Haigler.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 2. submitted on November 28, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.