1875-1885An etching of Ogallala appeared in an 1878 issue of American Agriculturalist magazine, depicting the town as the terminus of Texas cattle drives. It shows cattle being driven up the trail, across the South Platte River, and into Union Pacific cattle pens. Trains then carried the cattle to markets in the East, or ranches in the West. Some herds were also trailed north to provide beef for Indian reservations.The cattle drives had a major impact on Ogallala's early history and growth. Their legacy is recalled by "Long Horns," an art deco style mural in the Ogallala post office. The painting, by artist Frank Mechau, was commissioned in 1938 by the U.S. Treasury's Section of Painting and Sculpture, and funded by the Works Progress Administration. Although the painting depicts a Caucasian cowboy, two of every seven were African-American or Hispanic.
|Series||This marker is part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series|
|Placed By||Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 10:13pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 271726 N 4556395|
|Decimal Degrees||41.12678333, -101.71933333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 7.607', W 101° 43.16'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 7' 36.42" N, 101° 43' 9.60" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 301-399 N Spruce St, Ogallala NE 69153, US|
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