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Joseph McCoy, the Man Who Invented The Texas Cattle Trails to Kansas

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This man, Joseph McCoy (1837-1915), a cattle broker, is generally credited with initiating the trailing of cattle from Texas north to railheads. He established the stockyards in Abilene, Kansas.  At the end of the Civil War when millions of longhorns were left on the plains of Texas without a market, the Union Pacific was building west across Kansas. Joseph McCoy, an Illinois stockman, believed these cattle could be herded north for shipment by rail. He built yards at Abilene and sent agents to notify the Texas cattlemen. In 1867 the first drives were made up the Chisholm Trail and during the next five years more than a million head were received. A historic marker has been erected on E. Johnson Street in Denison, Texas, in his memory.

This photo courtesy the Kansas Historical Society:

Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.

Posted : 6th January 2020 8:17 pm