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The Chisholm Trail

Kansas State Historical Marker
Sedgwick County
      At the close 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 over the prairies for shipment by rail. He built yards at Abilene and sent agents to notify the Texas cattlemen. The trail he suggested ran from the Red River to Abilene but took its name from Jesse Chisholm, an Indian trader, whose route lay beween the North Canadian River and this vicinity.

    North Broadway, Sedgwick County
    Roadside turnout, 2 miles north of I-235, Wichita