Texas Trails: Pathways of History

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At the end of the Civil War, Texas was poised to enter the golden age of cattle trailing. With an abundance of cattle populating the state and demand rising across the country, cattle ranchers were eager to avoid depressed prices at home and earn much more outside of the state. Before long, a network of trails was established to transport cattle through Texas and across state lines. These trails remained the primary transport routes until the late nineteenth century, when railroad companies took over the transport of cattle.

Follow the journeys of the cattle drivers in Texas Trails: Pathways of History, TSHA’s latest free eBook. In this eBook, you can learn more about:

• Some of the major trail routes used by Texas cattle drivers, such as the Chisholm Trail, the Shawnee Trail, and the Western Trail
• Background information about the cattle transported on these trails and how the scourge of Texas Fever impacted the trade
• Minority groups who developed the cattle trailing and ranching industry, such as African American cowboys and the vaqueros
• Some of the prominent cattlemen and women of Texas, including Oliver Loving, Margaret Borland, and Daniel Waggoner

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4 thoughts on “Texas Trails: Pathways of History

  1. Great information on a subject that I haven’t read much about. Interesting to learn how important the trails were not just to Texas, but the entire country.

  2. Thank you, my desire is to build up old town George West, I’m starting a foundation to rebuild George’s town…starting with the old motel do you have any idea who owns it?
    Marilee Saddler

  3. The Buffalo road passes through Foard County Texas in the vacinity of where I live. I am very familiar with the location of the road through the counties of Wichita, Wilbarger, Foard and Cottle. In several places I can see it on google maps, even after all the years of abandon. I learned recently from reading the account of a buffalo hunter, Joe Douthitt that there was a supply store where the Buffalo Road crosses Good Creek in western Foard County. I am familiar of the location where the road crossed the North Wichita River. When the Cattle Raisers association was organized in 1877 they used this crossing as a marker for the corner of one of their areas. It is on the west line of Foard County where the old 3D ranch was, for years now the Herring family Y Ranch.

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