Arlington in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Founder of World-Famous Cattle Trail
In 1843, near here at Bird's Fort on the Trinity, was interpreter for a peace conference; in 1849 was in negotiations at Grapevine Springs, to the north.
He is best known for marking the Chisholm Trail across Oklahoma and Kansas. Cowboys driving cattle north to seek favorable markets used his direct route which avoided deep rivers and lay in grassy, watered land. He thus helped rebuild Texas economy that had been wrecked in 1861-1865 by Civil War. Cattle had increased greatly in wartime. Texas had no market; drives were necessary so $5 longhorns could go to northern markets to bring $30 or more per head. In 1867 the Chisholm Trail was extended to Abilene, Kansas, where cattle loading pens and railroad shipping cars were provided.
This was the best known of several cattle trails from Texas over which some 10,000,000 beeves were driven from the state during the years 1866-1884.
(Incise): Erected in commemoration of Chisholm Trail Centennial, 1967
Location. 32° 47.279′ N, 97° 5.975′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker can be reached from North Collins Street (Farm to Market Road 157). Touch for map. This marker is accessible on the concrete trails inside River Legacy Park. Enter from the N. Collins St. (FM 157) entrance, and, as you get to the first parking area, look for a small sign on your left that says "Historical Markers", park, and follow the sign. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3020 N. Collins St, Arlington TX 76006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Bird's Fort (here, next to this marker); Sloan-Journey Expedition of 1838 (a few steps from this marker); Houston Hitching Block (approx. 3.2 miles away); Site of Arlington Downs Racetrack (approx. 3.3 miles away); Carver Dixon King (approx. 3.3 miles away); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bankhead Highway Through Arlington (approx. 3.4 miles away); Arlington Downs Racetrack and Fountain (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.