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Chisholm Trail

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Definition: Major route for cattle ranchers to drive their cattle from Texas to Kansas railroads. The trail began in San Antonio and ended in Abilene, Kansas. The trail was named for Jesse Chisholm, a Native American trader who traveled the route in a wagon in the mid-19th century. At its height, the Chisholm Trail carried 600,000 cattle in one year (1871).

Related Resources:
The Westward Movement
Find out more about Americans' travels west.

The 19th Century
Get a glimpse of what life was like in the exciting 1800s.

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Along the Chisholm Trail
Find out more about this famous cattle trail.

Early American Trails and Roads
This very helpful site has descriptions of many famous trails and roads of early America.

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