Historical Kansas - I-70 - W, of Solomon, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 55.560 W 097° 23.661
14S E 639184 N 4309790
Following the Civil War, Cattle Trails, Cowtowns, saloons, dance halls, - all the nicer things in Kansas history.
Waymark Code: WM397E
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 02/29/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 54

Marker Erected by: State Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Marker Location: I-70, E. bound rest area, m/m 265, 1 mile W. of Solomon.
Marker Text:
Ten miles ahead is Abilene, first of the major cattle trail towns of Kansas, and famed in the story of the Cowtown West. Following the Civil War, millions of Longhorn cattle were stranded on Texas ranges. Beef-eating Northerners were hungry and the problem was to bring the supply to the markets.

After the westward building Union Pacific railroad reached Abilene in March, 1867, along came Joseph G. McCoy from Illinois. He chose the town as a cattle-shipping center, built stockyards, and sent circulars all over Texas advising cattlemen to drive their herds up the Chisholm trading trail to the site of present Wichita, then on up McCoy's extension to Abilene. During 1867-1871 more than a million cattle were trailed to Abilene where, for a time in 1871, James B. "Wild Bill" Hickok was the marshal. Hundreds of cowboys, saloonkeepers, gamblers and dancehall girls added to the din until the inhabitants who had come to stay forced the whole kit and boodle to take its market place elsewhere.

Abilene was the boyhood home of President Dwight David Eisenhower from 1891 to 1911. The Eisenhower Home, Museum, Library and Chapel help make it one of Kansas' most interesting cities.

Marker Name: Historical Kansas

Marker Type: Rest Area

Marker text:
See Above.

Marker Location: Saline

Official Marker Number: 103

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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