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Plainview in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie

The Old MacKenzie Trail

 

—By “Larry” Chittendon —

 
General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
1. General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie Marker
Inscription. Stretching onward toward the sunset, o'er prairie, hill and vale, far beyond the double mountains winds the Old MacKenzie Trail.

Ah, what thoughts and border memories does that dreaming trail suggest; thoughts of travelers gone forever to the twilight realms of rest.

Where are now the scouts and soldiers, and those wagon trains of care, those grim men and haggard women and the echoes whisper - - where?

Ah, what tales of joy and sorrows could that silent trail relate; tales of loss, and wrecked ambitions, tales of hope, of love, and hate:

Tales of hunger, thirst, and anguish tales of skulking Indian braves, tales of fear, and death, and danger, tales of lonely prairie graves.

Where are now that trail's processions, winding westward sure and slow; Lost: ah, yes; destroyed progress, gone to realms of long ago.

Nevermore shall bold MacKenzie, with his brave and dauntless band, guide the restless, roving settlers through the Texas borderland.

Yes, that soldier's work is over, and the dim trail rests at last, but his name and trail still lead us through the borders of the past.

The MacKenzie Trail first crossed by General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie, 4th United States Cavalry, in 1871 in quest of warring bands of Indians.
 
Erected
General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
2. General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie Marker
1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 5389.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 34° 11.086′ N, 101° 42.162′ W. Marker is in Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is at the intersection of East 5th Street and Broadway Street, on the right when traveling west on East 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the northeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel C. C. Slaughter (a few steps from this marker); Schick Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas Land & Development Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Plainview (approx. ¼ mile away); Lamar School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plainview Daily Herald (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hackberry Groves (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blasingame Home (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plainview.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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