In the decades following the Civil War, more than six million cattle were herded from Texas to the railhead in Kansas in one of the greatest known migrations of animals in the United States.
These 19th-century cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail only lasted twenty years, but had tremendous impact across the country: it lifted Texas out of post-Civil War poverty, provided much-needed affordable beef to the Northeast, and gave birth to the classic American cowboy legend.
In the small town of Donna, Texas, near the Mexican border, a historic marker declares that the famous trail ran through this area, yet many dispute the idea that the trail ever made it this far south. Is the marker another bit of famed Texas bravado or misguided history? A local historian wants to set the record straight.
History Detectives heads deep into the heart of Texas to help solve a local mystery and shed light on this lively chapter in American history.
Texas Land Office Maps
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- Also with Elyse Luray Luxury Liner Picture Frame Is this picture frame a piece of the Titanic, Lusitania or neither?
- Also with Elyse Luray King Kong Camera Was this old movie camera used to film the original version of King Kong?
- Also with Elyse Luray Revolutionary War Cannon Is this the cannon that ignited the first battle of the Revolutionary War?
- Also in Expansion: 1801-1861 Long Expedition Is this the site of the one of the most significant expeditions in the United States?
- Also in Season 4 Black Star Line Is this certificate a rare artifact from the heyday of Marcus Garvey?
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