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The Chisholm Trail

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The largest migration of livestock in the history of the world occurred from 1867 to 1884 along the Chisholm Trail. That’s why Jesse Chisholm is best known today for the trail he forged for his own purposes in 1864, although the trail might not be his most remarkable accomplishment.

The Mackenzie Trail

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The U.S. Fourth Cavalry, under the command of Gen. Ranald S. Mackenzie, spent 1872 exploring the unmapped Llano Estacado in search of Comanche chief Quanah Parker and other bands of marauding Comanches who refused invitations to the reservations.

Trammel’s Trace

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All roads did not lead to Texas in the early 1800s. The early travelers coming here from the north were on their own because there was no route into Texas from that direction until Nicholas Trammel came along and forged what we know today as Trammel’s Trace in East Texas. Originally used as a horse trail, it led from Nacogdoches to various points in Texas and Arkansas along the Red River.

The Not So Great Cowboy Strike of 1883

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(Oct. 2) — We don’t normally think of cowboys going on strike as a protest against unfair labor practices and big corporations because cowboys are usually too busy being iconic for such diversions and because, as we all know, a cowboy’s work is never done.

Charcoal City, Texas

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(Sept. 25) — The tree that nearly everybody calls cedar is really Ashe juniper, except when it’s another kind of juniper or cedar. Many people know this, but the tree is still, and will most likely always be, referred to as cedar, as will be the case here.
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