Near Upton in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Texas Trail - 1866 to 1897
Within a decade, cattle was king, providing: jobs for veterans, exotic investment opportunities for foreign investors, markets for excess grain produced by improved farming methods, food for eastern industrial centers and romantic visions of life in the west.
Leggy Texas longhorns moved as far north as Canada to take advantage of open range grazing and lucrative government contracts. These routes became known collectively as the "Texas Trail". One entered Wyoming near Cheyenne, headed north past Fort Laramie, Newcastle, Upton, into Moorcroft, and then west to northeast Wyoming. "We had been told that from the Cheyenne River to Powder River there was likely no water, which we surely found out....
Eventually, pioneers settled the open range and poor business practices combined with harsh weather forced the cattle barons to change their ways. By 1888 the volume of cattle driven from Texas north to the open plains dwindled, and by 1900 the drives had ceased altogether.
Erected by Weston county Historical Society & Anna Miller Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 43° 52.296′ N, 104° 47.886′ W. Marker is near Upton, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is on State Highway 116 at milepost 20 near Raven Creek Road (County Route 18), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2014 Wyoming Highway 116, Upton WY 82730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Texas Trail - 1866 - 1897 (approx. 13.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.