Capt. John T. Lytle

Capt. John T. Lytle (HM1ZBY)

Location: Vernon, TX 76384 Wilbarger County
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N 34° 20.605', W 99° 15.334'

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1844 - 1907

—Father of the Great Western Trail —

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In 1874 John t Lytle drove a herd of 3500 longhorn cattle from south Texas to Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The trail that he mapped would later be known as The Great Western Cattle Trail, the greatest of all the cattle trails. The trail was longer (Mexico to Canada) carried more cattle (6 to 8 million) and was in use longer (1874 - 1893). The trail was also know as The Texas Trail, Dodge City Trail, and more recently The Lonesome Dove Trail.

"Capt. Lytle was a well prepared drover and a great man" words of Corwin F. Doan

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Jonathan Doan established a trading post later known as Doan's Store in April 1878. His nephew, Corwin Doan arrived in October 1878 and took over the business. The U.S. Postal Department designated a post office at the store in 1879, with Corwin Doan as postmaster. The store provided supplies to trail drivers, American Indians, and settlers in old Greer County. Ouanah Parker was a frequent visitor during the the trail driving era. The store did as much as 1200 dollars in business per day. It was not unusual for bacon and flour to be sold in carload lots. Big money deals were often made at the store, especially when cattlemen came from Montana and Wyoming to buy entire herds of cattle. Doan's store was
the focal point of The Great Western Trail nicknamed the "Jumping Off Place" by trail drivers.
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Oklahoma Chapter of The Great Western Cattle Trail Association
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Date Added Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 476494 N 3800263
Decimal Degrees34.34341667, -99.25556667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 20.605', W 99° 15.334'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 20' 36.3" N, 99° 15' 20.04" W
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Area Code(s)940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21102-21118 County Rd 111 N, Vernon TX 76384, US
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