Cowboy Capital

Cowboy Capital (HMYKB)

Location: Ogallala, NE 69153 Keith County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 7.984', W 101° 43.265'

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Named for the Oglala band of Dakota Sioux and located on the Union Pacific Railroad, Ogallala was a lusty cowtown of the Old West. From 1875 to 1886 it was a wild and woolly cowboy capital where gold flowed across the gaming tables, liquor across the bar, and often blood across the floor.

As farmers settled eastern Oklahoma ad Kansas they destroyed the famous Chisholm Trail, forcing the herds westward, and the Western or Texas Trail through Dodge City and Ogallala was established. From Ogallala, Texas cattle were shipped East or sold to ranchers from Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Dakota, and Colorado. Indian agencies and mining camps provided an early market for Ogallala beef.

Ogallala, the cowtown, was a lively and colorful segment of the American West and the chief gateway to the newly opened ranges of the northern plains. By 1884 the trail driving days were virtually ended and the Old West and Ogallala turned to other ways of life. Cattle remain an important factor in the area along with farming, hydro-electric power and industry.
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number5
Placed ByOgallala Chamber of Commerce-Historical Landmark Council
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 2:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 271601 N 4557097
Decimal Degrees41.13306667, -101.72108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 7.984', W 101° 43.265'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 7' 59.04" N, 101° 43' 15.90" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1040 N Spruce St, Ogallala NE 69153, US
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