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Near Vernon in Wilbarger County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Capt. John T. Lytle

1844 – 1907

 

—Father of the Great Western Trail —

 
Capt. John T. Lytle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
1. Capt. John T. Lytle Marker
Inscription. This is a two sided marker
front

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 for bacon and flour to be sold in carload lots. Big money deals were often made at the store, especially when cattlemen came from Montana and Wyoming to buy entire herds of cattle. Doan's store was
Capt. John T. Lytle Marker <i>back of marker</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
2. Capt. John T. Lytle Marker back of marker
the focal point of The Great Western Trail nicknamed the “Jumping Off Place” by trail drivers.
 
Erected 2017 by The Oklahoma Chapter of The Great Western Cattle Trail Association.
 
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.
 
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); Vernon Drugstore (was approx. 13.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); W. D. Berry Home (approx. 13.2 miles away); Thaddeus Edgar Johnson (approx. 13.3 miles away); Wilbarger County WWI Memorial (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
 
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Capt. John T. Lytle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
3. Capt. John T. Lytle Marker
Capt. John T. Lytle image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
4. Capt. John T. Lytle
Photo on marker.
Doan's Store image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
5. Doan's Store
Photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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