First edition. Quarto. ii-xli, 516 pp. Illustrations. Map on front and rear end papers. Illustrated sheet signed by both authors neatly tipped in, as issued. Information on the illustrator, Robert W. McMurtry. Dedication. Contents. Preface. Foreword. Appreciation. Comment on Roadside Trail Markers. Chronology of the Cattle-Trailing Industry. Annotated Bibliography. Map Index. Index. In this volume the entire trunk line of the Western Cattle Trail is presented from Texas to Canada, showing its route before and after the Kansas quarantine of 1885, plus a discussion of the system's feeder, detour, and splinter routes. The project encompasses the history that surrounds the trail. Included in this tale are the trail's cattle towns, river crossings, cowboy and homesteader comments, the Texas cattle fever, quarantine lines, herd laws, and Indian encounters. What emerges is an overall picture of the cattle-driving industry from its conception in the 1840s on the first trail system going north, the Shawnee, to its demise in 1897 on the Western Trail System." Also includes 36" x 24" poster entitled, "Texas - Montana Feeder Route to the Western Cattle Trail 1884-1897. Fine.
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