Great Western Trail - Ladd, North Dakota
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
N 45° 56.732 W 103° 23.438
13T E 624738 N 5089255
Quick Description: Trail Marker located at a wayside stop along northbound 85.
Location: North Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2021 1:54:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM145H2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 5

Long Description:
Between 1874 and 1893, millions of head of cattle and horses went up the Great Western Trail from Texas through nine U.S. States into Canada. This famous trail lasted more years, carried more cattle, and was longer than any other cattle trail in the United States. The trail had a significant impact on the economy of the western United States, assisting in the establishment of the ranching and livestock industry.
Longhorns were gathered around Matamoras, Mexico and south Texas, and were driven north through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and on to Canada. These vast herds established the famous Great Western Trail, on which you stand today.
The first trail herd to reach North Dakota left Texas in 1884. A daring band of cowboys piloted a monster herd from the Rio Grande to the Little Missouri River. Until the decline of the trail's use in the 1890s, millions of cattle and horses continued up the trail where they thrived on the rich prairie grasses of the endless plains.
Along with cattle came cowboys out of Texas and elsewhere who established ranches and helped grow North Dakota's western heritage which is still strong and prosperous. From these romantic, wild days comes much of our rich western history that still thrives and is celebrated.
Rotary clubs, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Local groups and people interested in preserving North Dakota's heritage and history banded together to mark this important trail for future generations.
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