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Texas Trails: Pathways of History


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Texas Trails


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

Published 2017


Table of Contents

  1. Cattle Trailing
  2. Atascosito Road
  3. Beef Trail
  4. Ford and Neighbors Trail
  5. Shawnee Trail
  6. Goodnight-Loving Trail
  7. Western Trail
  8. Chisholm Trail
  9. Longhorn Cattle
  10. Texas Fever
  11. Cattle brands
  12. Cattle Rustling
  13. Black Cowboys
  14. Vaquero
  15. José Vázquez Borrego
  16. Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Garza
  17. Rosa María Hinojosa de Ballí
  18. James Taylor White
  19. Oliver Loving
  20. Jesse Chisholm
  21. Margaret Borland
  22. John Hunter Herndon
  23. John Simpson Chisum
  24. Richard King
  25. Mifflin Kenedy
  26. Abel Head [Shanghai] Pierce
  27. Daniel Waggoner
  28. Christopher Columbus Slaughter
  29. Cornelia Wadsworth Adair
  30. Henrietta Chamberlain King
  31. Bose Ikard
  32. Charles Goodnight
  33. George Washington Saunders
  34. Daniel Webster Wallace
  35. Matthew Hooks
  36. Southwestern Historical Quarterly Selected Articles