The Texas Trail
Beginning in Texas the trail turned northward through the Indian Territory into western Kansas. From Dodge City on the Arkansas River, the trail continued to Buffalo Station, Kansas, entering Nebraska in Hitchcock County. The hardest day’s drive for the trail-weary men and cattle was the 30 miles from the head of Stinking Water Creek in southeast Perkins County to Ogallala on the South Platte; it was the longest and driest drive of the trip.
In 1876 over 60,000 Texas cattle were driven over the trail, and between 1879 and 1884 over 100,000 cattle made the trip each year, with the last great drive occurring in 1884. Due to settlement in the counties to the south, as well as in Perkins County, the last drives were made through the western part of the county.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list.
Location. 40° 51.005′ N, 101° 32.22′ W. Marker is near Madrid, Nebraska, in Perkins County. Marker is on Whittier Street (State Highway 23) near Stevens Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madrid NE 69150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wild Horse Spring (approx. 10.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is east to Madrid on Highway 23.
Also see . . . Along the Great Western Cattle Trail - Seymour Chamber of Commerce. The 1800’s Texans were looking for a way to make a living. There were no markets for the abundant cattle abandoned during the Civil War. The demand of the cattle in the North was high and the North had already established railways to accommodate the cattle, thus the Great Western Cattle Trail was developed on the simple theory of supply and demand. (Submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.