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 Cattle Trails

These were among the first included in our old "Trails Linking the West" page and although they were a relatively short-lived phenomenon I have chosen to keep them as the site has expanded to cover the continental United States. This worksheet is far from comprehensive, and there are many entries for which I haven't yet found an online map.  If you have similar sites to suggest, please write to Sharon McAllister.  

 

Beefsteak Trail The nickname of the country's last regularly-used cattle trail, the Magdalena Livestock Driveway.  Herds from eastern Arizona and western New Mexico were driven along this trail to Magdalena, where they could be shipped to market. 

Chisholm Trail  The main Trail crossed the Red River near Ringold TX and went almost due north to Kansas.  There was a branch that followed the north side of the North Candian River to Dodge City, KS. 

Chisum Trail From near Paris, TX, through the southern part of the Texas Panhandle, curving southwest to meet the Pecos River south of Carlsbad, then north through Roswell to Ft. Sumner.   The Goodnight-Loving Trail followed the same path through the Pecos Valley. Another trail led west from the Chisum Ranch at Roswell, southwest through the Hondo Valley, across the Tularosa Basin, over the Organ Gap and on into Arizona. 

East Shawnee Trail  The more recent name for the first major cattle trail from Texas to Kansas, which was sometimes called the Texas Road.  It crossed the Red River at Colbert's Ferry and passed near Fort Wichita and Fort Gibson, and crossed into Kansas near the Missouri border.  There was a branch that led northward from Fort Gibson (on the west side of the Grand River), which met the original trail at the Kansas border,  and one that led northwest (north of the Arkansas River) to meet the West Shawnee Trail in southern Kansas.

Goodnight-Loving Trail  From Ft. Worth, southwest to meet the Pecos River south of Carlsbad, then north through Roswell to Ft. Sumner.  The Chisum Trail followed the same path through the Pecos Valley.

Great Western Cattle Trail  Cattle trail through western Oklahoma, linking Bandera TX with Dodge City, KS.

Magdalena Trail The country's last regularly-used cattle trail, formally known as the Magdalena Livestock Driveway.  Herds from eastern Arizona and western New Mexico were driven along this trail to Magdalena, where they could be shipped to market. 

Oklahoma Cattle Trails

Old Doan Trail  Another name for the Great Western Trail. 

Old Dodge City Trail  Another name for the Great Western Trail. 

Old Texas Trail  Another name for the Great Western Trail.

West Shawnee Trail  The second major cattle trail from Texas to Kansas, which followed the Texas Road from the Red River to Boggy Depot then struck northward through the central part of the state.   

 

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY LINKS TO SHOW MORE ABOUT THE ABOVE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, I'LL BE HAPPY TO ADD THE LINK!

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