The word spread down the trail. Ranches in Texas received flyers in the mail. The Union Pacific, Eastern Division was building across Kansas. Cattle could be driven to railheads far west of the settlements.
At Ellsworth, the
Topeka Livestock Company proposed to build a cattle depot where the Texas
cattlemen and buyers from all over the nation might carry on their transactions.
At virtually the same time, a young cattle buyer from Illinois was working
on the same idea. Joseph McCoy was successful in arranging verbal contracts
for shipping with the railroads and soon selected Abilene to build his
cattle station, The Great Western Stockyards. Personal acquaintances served
To the west, General
Hancock ordered Custer to seek out and subdue the warring plains tribes.
At Hays City, a young fellow acquired the name Buffalo Bill while hunting
buffalo for the railroad.
Today's American cattle industry was founded on that trail as the great herds of Texas Longhorns spread across the high plains and the mountain ranges of the West. When you sit down to have your way with that mouth-waterin', juicy steak, you're not just satisfying your hunger, you're participating in a Cowboy tradition that undeniably "takes hold" on the Kansas prairies in 1867.
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