THE TEXAS CHAPTER
GREAT WESTERN CATTLE TRAIL ASSOCIATION
The Great Western Cattle Trail began in Texas where the wild Texas Longhorn
cattle were found in the brush country of south Texas, on the coastal plains
where those cattle flourished and at any other location in Texas where the
Texas Cowboys, the Waddies, the Drovers, the Cow Punchers, the Mexican Vaqueros
and the recently freed slave found the cattle, burned a brand on their hides
and headed them north to the rail heads. The joining of the supply with the
demand created the Atascosita Trail, The Shawnee Trail, The Chisholm Trail,
the Western Trail, and many others. All of these trails including the Western were
utilized in their time in an attempt to market a natural resource, Texas Longhorned Cattle.
These trails were all replaced eventually by innovative Texans with an imagination and skill
to solve problems and find solutions to what ever obstacle was found in their path.
Not only were the Texas cattle loaded into rail cars after they were driven up the trail, they also had other destinations. The cattle were used to give birth to a ranching
industry made possible by the removal of Native Americans and their buffalo from the great
plains of America. Millions of acres were developed to provide food and fiber for the
growing multitudes of people throughout the world. Our responsibility to provide for the
Native American who had been overcome by our progress was recognized. Montana and the
Dakotas, Wyoming and Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas and many other states became vast
ranches where resourcefulness bloomed and America achieved its destiny to become the
world leader that it is today.
Paul G. Noack