Confederate Beef Contractor

Confederate Beef Contractor (HM1JXL)

Location: Paint Rock, TX 76866 Concho County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 33.278', W 99° 55.254'

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John S. Chisum

— (1824-1884) —

On this site during the Civil War and later, grazed by tens of thousands the Longhorns of cattle baron John S. Chisum. Ranch headquarters were 10 miles east. Here in 1863-1865, Chisum not only ranched but also was buyer of cattle to feed Confederate armies stationed west of the Mississippi River.

Born in Tennessee, he came to the Republic of Texas in 1837. After a term as Lamar County clerk, started ranching in 1853. For room to expand, moved his well known "Jingle-Bob" herds to the Concho in 1863.

Though he was not the man who gave the name to the famed northbound trail (this was Jesse Chisolm) John S. Chisum's drives were heroic. Herds bound in wartime for Louisiana army camps had to by-pass or to fight Indians, rustlers and occasionally a Federal patrol. Concho cattle had to swim across the deep, cold Brazos River. Here cowboys would prod a heavy, wild bull till he was angry; then he would turn on men and horses. Or the Brazos itself killed men and horses. Still beef went through to the Confederates.

After the war, Chisum developed ranches in New Mexico and was a bystander in the Lincoln County Wars of Billy the Kid and other desperados.
Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committe
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Date Added Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 412596 N 3491439
Decimal Degrees31.55463333, -99.92090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.278', W 99° 55.254'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 16.68" N, 99° 55' 15.24" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-83, Paint Rock TX 76866, US
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