Borger in Hutchinson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail
The extensive use of the Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail in the early 1850s caused it to be considered as a favorable route for a transcontinental railroad. Lt. A. W. Whipple of the Army Corps of Engineer surveyed a possible route in the summer of 1853. By the late 1850s, emigrants were traveling a more southern road through El Paso, which was eventually to become the southern railroad route, and the Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail fell into disuse and was finally abandoned.
In many places on the Plains, the wagon ruts are still visible in the undisturbed prairie sod.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical
Location. 35° 39.263′ N, 101° 24.321′ W. Marker is in Borger, Texas, in Hutchinson County. Marker is on Marcy Trail, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in front of gazebo near library and administration building, Frank Phillips Junior College. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 West Roosevelt, Borger TX 79007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beale Road (here, next to this marker); Site of John and Maggie Weatherly Half-Dugout Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Girl Scout Little House (approx. one mile away); First Methodist Church of Borger (approx. 1.1 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 1½ miles away); Borger 1929 Jail (approx. 1½ miles away); Grand Hotel and Grand Hardware Building (approx. 1½ miles away); Twentieth Century Club (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Borger.
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