The nickname of the country's last regularly-used cattle trail, the Magdalena Livestock Driveway.  Herds from eastern Arizona and western New Mexico were driven along this trail to Magdalena, where they could be shipped to market.
The Chisholm Trail from Texas through what is now Oklahoma to Kansas. The main Trail crossed the Red River near Ringold TX and went almost due north to Kansas. There was a branch that followed the north side of the North Candian River to Dodge City, KS.
Started near Paris, TX, through the southern part of the Texas Panhandle, curving southwest to meet the Pecos River south of Carlsbad, then north through Roswell to Ft. Sumner. The Goodnight-Loving Trail followed the same path through the Pecos Valley. Another trail led west from the Chisum Ranch at Roswell, southwest through the Hondo Valley, across the Tularosa Basin, over the Organ Gap and on into Arizona. 
The more recent name for the first major cattle trail from Texas to Kansas, which was sometimes called the Texas Road. It crossed the Red River at Colbert's Ferry and passed near Fort Wichita and Fort Gibson, and crossed into Kansas near the Missouri border. There was a branch that led northward from Fort Gibson (on the west side of the Grand River), which met the original trail at the Kansas border, and one that led northwest (north of the Arkansas River) to meet the West Shawnee Trail in southern Kansas.

From Ft. Worth, southwest to meet the Pecos River south of Carlsbad, then north through Roswell to Ft. Sumner. The Chisum Trail followed the same path through the Pecos Valley.

Also known as the Dodge City Trail and the Old Texas Trail - was utilized from 1874 for the movement of cattle to markets East. The trail began at Bandera, Texas and ended, most often, in Dodge City, Kansas. The entire trail extended from southern Texas to the Canadian border. Between 10 and 12 million cattle were driven north from Texas into Dodge City.
It was the western branch of the Chisholm Trail.
Trail founded by John T. Lytle, 1874-1886

Copy for this page from Cattle Trails by Sharon McAllister

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