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Joseph McCoy

At the end of the Civil War when millions of longhorns were left on the plains of Texas without a market, the Union Pacific was building west across Kansas. Joseph McCoy, an Illinois stockman, believed these cattle could be herded north for shipment by rail. He built yards at Abilene and sent agents to notify the Texas cattlemen. In 1867 the first drives were made up the Chisholm Trail and during the next five years more than a million head were received.

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Halting place on the Ninnescah River

Frenzeny & Tavernier

This engraving, copied from Harper's Weekly magazine, shows a group of cowboys with their horses gathered in front of the John Dunscomb and Ward McKee Company stores. The illustration is credited to both Paul Frenzeny and Jules Tavernier.

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Col. O.W. Wheeler's cattle herd

Baker-Co

View of Col. O. W. Wheeler's herd en route to the Kansas Pacific Railway in 1867. The illustration was copied from "Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade" by Joseph McCoy published in 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall.

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