Great Western Cattle Trail

Great Western Cattle Trail (HM298L)

Location: Canute, OK 73626 Washita County
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N 35° 25.309', W 99° 16.288'

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The Great Western Cattle Trail began at Bandera, TX. As the demand for beef increased in the east, returning Civil War soldiers headed wild longhorn cattle from south Texas and Mexico north to the railhead at Dodge City, KS. The first herd consisting of 3000 head, was driven north up the trail by Capt. John T. Lytle in 1874. They crossed the Red River into Indian territory (OK) at Doan's Crossing about 22 miles S.E. of present day Altus, OK. Grazing the rich grassland, they continued north to Soldier Springs, located 9 miles south and 1 mile west of present day Canute, OK. Passing about 2 miles east of Canute, they winded north to Dodge City, KS. Eventually arriving in Nebraska at the Red Cloud Indian Agency. The herds of cattle averaged 3,000 head requiring 10 men to handle them. Each cowboy, most in their teens or early twenties, required 7 horses adding 70-100 head, per cattle drive. About 100 herds crossed Oklahoma, usually from March to Sept., each year. The trail could be from 6 to 20 miles wide depending on how many came at once. More than 7 million cattle moved up the trail during its 20 year existence of the trail.
HM NumberHM298L
Year Placed2010
Placed ByCanute Lions Club
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Date Added Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 475355 N 3919856
Decimal Degrees35.42181667, -99.27146667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 25.309', W 99° 16.288'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 25' 18.54" N, 99° 16' 17.28" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115 E Hwy 66, Canute OK 73626, US
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