Great Western Cattle Trail

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Map of major cattle trails with the Western Trail.

The Great Western Cattle Trail was used in the 19th century for movement of cattle to markets in the eastern United States. The trail was also known as the Western Trail, the Dodge City Trail, or the Old Texas Trail.

The Western Cattle Trail began at Bandera northwest of San Antonio and passed near Buffalo Gap and present-day Abilene, in western Texas, and continued on north of Dodge City, Kansas — to Ogallala, Nebraska, and later to Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

The Great Western Trail ran west of and roughly parallel to the Chisholm Trail. The cattle were taken to towns which were located on major railroads. When such rail lines were built in Texas, the cattle drives came to an end.

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