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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.
Item Number: 841
Call Number: B McCoy, Joseph G. *4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 841
Agriculture - Livestock - Cattle
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Entrepreneur
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Town development
Date - 1880s - 1880
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - Notable Kansans - McCoy, Joseph Geiting, 1837-1915
Places - Cities and towns - Abilene
Places - Counties - Dickinson
Thematic Time Period - Cattle Drives, 1867-1885
Type of Material - Photographs