Jesse Chisholm

Jesse Chisholm (HM241Q)

Location: Arlington, TX 76011 Tarrant County
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N 32° 47.279', W 97° 5.975'

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Founder of World-Famous Cattle Trail

—(1806-1868) —

Represented the Republic of Texas and President Sam Houston in many negotiations with Indians. Half Scotsman, half Cherokee, a scout, hunter, trader and trailblazer. Spoke 40 Indian languages and dialects and was a respected influence among southwestern tribes, including the wild Kiowas and Comanches.

In 1843, near here at Bird's Fort on the Trinity, was interpreter for a peace conference; in 1849 was in negotiations at Grapevine Springs, to the north.

He is best known for marking the Chisholm Trail across Oklahoma and Kansas. Cowboys driving cattle north to seek favorable markets used his direct route which avoided deep rivers and lay in grassy, watered land. He thus helped rebuild Texas economy that had been wrecked in 1861-1865 by Civil War. Cattle had increased greatly in wartime. Texas had no market; drives were necessary so $5 longhorns could go to northern markets to bring $30 or more per head. In 1867 the Chisholm Trail was extended to Abilene, Kansas, where cattle loading pens and railroad shipping cars were provided.

This was the best known of several cattle trails from Texas over which some 10,000,000 beeves were driven from the state during the years 1866-1884.

(Incise): Erected in commemoration of Chisholm Trail Centennial, 1967
HM NumberHM241Q
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1967 by State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 677965 N 3629381
Decimal Degrees32.78798333, -97.09958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.279', W 97° 5.975'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 16.74" N, 97° 5' 58.5" W
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Area Code(s)817, 214, 682
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3020 N Collins St, Arlington TX 76011, US
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