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The old Chisholm Trail : from cow path to tourist stop / Wayne Ludwig.

Author/Creator:
Ludwig, Wayne, 1954- author.
Publication:
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
xviii, 307 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of illustrations ; illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Edition:
First edition.
Series:
Nancy and Ted Paup '74 ranching heritage series.
Nancy and Ted Paup '74 ranching heritage series
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Subjects:
Chisholm Trail -- History.
Cattle trails -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Cattle drives -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
West (U.S.) -- History, Local.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.).
Cattle drives.
Cattle trails.
Frontier and pioneer life.
United States -- Chisholm Trail.
West United States.
Local subjects:
Chisholm trail -- History. (search)
Form/Genre:
History.
Local history.
Summary:
The Old Chisholm Trail charts the evolution of the major Texas cattle trails, explores the rise of the Chisholm Trail in legend and lore, and analyzes the role of cattle trail tourism long after the end of the trail driving era itself. The result of years of original and innovative research--often using documents and sources unavailable to previous generations of historians--Wayne Ludwig's groundbreaking study offers a new and nuanced look at an important but short-lived era in the history of the American West. Controversy over the name and route of the Chisholm Trail has persisted since before the dust had even settled on the old cattle trails. But the popularity of late nineteenth-century Wild West shows, dime novels, and twentieth-century radio, movie, and television western drama propelled the already bygone era of the cattle trail into myth--and a lucrative one at that. Ludwig correlates the rise of automobile tourism with an explosion of interest in the Chisholm Trail. Community leaders were keenly aware of the potential economic impact if tourists were induced to visit their town rather than another, and the Chisholm Trail was often just the hook needed. Numerous "historical" markers were erected on little more than hearsay or boosterish memory, and as a result, the true history of the Chisholm Trail has been overshadowed. The Old Chisholm Trail is the first comprehensive examination of the Chisholm Trail since Wayne Gard's 1954 classic study, The Chisholm Trail, and makes an important--and modern--contribution to the history of the American West.
Contents:
The Texas cattle trails
Sea lions and old Texans
Quarantines and cattle ticks
Life on the trail
The earliest trails
Two Chisholms and a Chisum
Jesse Chisholm blazes a trail
A new outlet
Chisholm's Trail
Chisum's trail
The Fort Griffin or Dodge City Trail
The end of the trails
The Chisholm Trail from newsprint to Hollywood
From Chisholm's Trail to Meridian highway
Marking the Chisholm Trail
Old chestnuts and white lies
National historic trails and Santa Claus.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Ludwig, Wayne, 1954- Old Chisholm Trail.
ISBN:
9781623496715
1623496713
OCLC:
1029067784