Cattle Trail Crossing

Cattle Trail Crossing (HM21U0)

Location: Decatur, TX 76234
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 14.75', W 97° 23.507'

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(Located ¼ mile south, on Denton Creek)

Near this site ran one of the many "feeder" branches of the famous Chisholm Trail, best-known of all the cattle trails that once linked the vast grasslands of Texas with the meat-hungry markets of the north.

The original trail, which stretched from the North Canadian to the Arkansas River, was blazed in 1865 by Jesse Chisholm, a half-Scottish and half-Cherokee trader. The 220-mile route, soon taken up by drovers, was extended north and south. Branches all the way from the Rio Grande gradually snaked up to join the main trail at the Red River.

Although unpredictable Texas weather and hostile Indians sometimes prevented the drovers from keeping to the main route, certain points were fixed. One of these was the Trinity River ford at Fort Worth, just south of here, where cattle might have to wait for weeks to cross if the river had recently flooded.

In 1895, the fenced range, railroad, and quarantines against the fever tick had reduced to a trickle the flood of cattle leaving Texas on the hoof; but by this time, the trail had helped restore the economy of Texas (wrecked by the Civil War) and it had left a legacy in folksong and legend of cowboy days on the untamed Texas frontier.
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HM NumberHM21U0
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Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 649822 N 3679693
Decimal Degrees33.24583333, -97.39178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.75', W 97° 23.507'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 45" N, 97° 23' 30.42" W
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Area Code(s)940, 817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-380, Decatur TX 76234, US
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