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Near White Deer in Carson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Last Great Panhandle Cattle Drive to Montana

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 2, 2012
1. Last Great Panhandle Cattle Drive to Montana Marker
Inscription. Each Spring and Summer after 1880, many Texas herds went up the trail to Northern states for fattening. For the cowboys, trail drives meant hard work. They had to turn stampedes, ford rivers and quicksand streams, and fight Indians and cattle thieves. They endured hunger, thirst, and other physical hardships.

The Last Great Texas Panhandle Drive was organized here at N Bar N (N-N) Headquarters. Ranch manager was J.L. Harrison; trail boss T.L. (Tom) Coffee. 100 cowboys drove 10 herds, each with 2500 cattle, or a total of 25,000 beeves, to Montana from April to September 1892. The cattle belonged to Niedringhaus Brothers, German tinsmiths of St. Louis, who put into ranching a fortune made in enamel granite household wares.

From 1882 to 1886, N Bar N leased range in Carson and neighboring counties from the Francklyn Land & Cattle Company, a British syndicate backed by Cunard Steamship Line. Afterward this range belonged to White Deer Land Company. The N Bar N outfit left here because White Deer Land Company wanted the range cleared of large herds. By 1907 the 650,000 acres of its land was offered for sale to small ranchers and farmers. It was fenced and the steam plow introduced to turn the rich, grassy sod.
 
Erected 1965 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3044.)
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By Bill Kirchner, May 2, 2012
2. Last Great Panhandle Cattle Drive to Montana Marker

 
Location. 35° 26.722′ N, 101° 9.091′ W. Marker is near White Deer, Texas, in Carson County. Marker is on U.S. 60 0.2 miles east of County Road 18, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Deer TX 79097, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White Deer ( approx. 1.4 miles away); Jackson General Store ( approx. 1.4 miles away); Hotel at White Deer ( approx. 1.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church ( approx. 1.6 miles away); Pampa City Hall ( approx. 12.3 miles away); Pampa ( approx. 12.3 miles away); Gray County Courthouse ( approx. 12.3 miles away); Peter W. Gray ( approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Deer.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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