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Great Western Cattle Trail

1874-1886: John T. Lytle, founder

The Great Western Cattle Trail - also known as the Dodge City Trail and the Old Texas Trail - was utilized from 1874 for the movement of cattle to markets East. The trail began at Bandera, Texas and ended, most often, in Dodge City, Kansas. The entire trail extended from southern Texas to the Canadian border. Between 10 and 12 million cattle were driven north from Texas into Dodge City. It was the western branch of the Chisholm Trail.

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Site author: George Laughead, manager, WWW-VL: US History Index. Thanks to Dr. Lynn H. Nelson, original author of the WWW-VL: Coming of the Civil War, 1850-1860.

Special thanks to new Dodge City friends: Sylvia Mahoney, Jeff & Mary Bearden, Rick & Patti Jouett, Phil & Mary Ann McCuistion; Vernon, TX & Dennis & Ilena Vernon, John & Annelle Barton, Senator Robert & Robbie Kerr, and Helen LaGree; Altus, OK -- among many others.

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Site previously maintained at the University of Kansas. Posted: 25 October 04. Updated: 10 June 2020.