John S. Chisum

John S. Chisum (HM2DO0)

Location: Paris, TX 75460 Lamar County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.211', W 95° 34.036'

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Burial Site of John S. Chisum(1824-1884)
Cattle baron whose herds, moving from east to west Texas and into New Mexico, expanded into one of the greatest cattle spreads in the west. Coming from Tennessee to Paris, 1837, Chisum joined S. K. Fowler in a cattle venture in Denton County, 1854. During the Civil War, he supplied beef to Confederate troops west of the Mississippi and his cowboys guarded the frontier against Indians. After moving in 1864 to the Concho River, then to "Bosque Grande" on the Pecos, he finally located his spread at South Spring near Roswell, New Mexico, 1873. His enormous herds— 60,000 to 100,000 head— pounded trails across Texas into New Mexico. His name and fame led to confusion with Jesse Chisholm, blazer of part of the historic Texas-to-Kansas cattle trail. Chisum's onetime partner, famous cattleman Charles Goodnight, said that Chisum, who could correctly tally three grades of moving cattle at once, was the best counter he knew. Chisum's distinctive "Long Rail" brand and "Jinglebob" ear-notch defied alteration. A disastrous packing house deal and involvement in the 1876 "Lincoln County War," in which Billy the Kid and various cattle factions figured, ultimately led to Chisum's financial ruin.
HM NumberHM2DO0
Year Placed1967
Placed ByState Historical Survey
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 261929 N 3726696
Decimal Degrees33.65351667, -95.56726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.211', W 95° 34.036'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 12.66" N, 95° 34' 2.1600000000001" W
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Area Code(s)903, 214
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1100 W Washington St, Paris TX 75460, US
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