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Near Madrid in Perkins County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Texas Trail

 
 
The Texas Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
1. The Texas Trail Marker
Inscription. After the Civil War, herds of Texas cattle were driven north to marketing points in eastern Nebraska, but settlement by homesteaders forced the trail farther west each year. Beginning in 1875, Union Pacific selected Ogallala as its main shipping point. During the following decade, thousands of longhorn cattle were trailed through Perkins County, in this vicinity.

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 days 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.
 
Erected by Perkins County Historical Society & Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 128.)
 
Marker series.

The Texas Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
2. The Texas Trail Marker
This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
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.
 
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 1800s 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 San Jose, California.) 
 
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A cowboy image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1902
3. A cowboy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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