Guide Map of the Great Texas Cattle Trail, from Red River Crossing to the Old Reliable Kansas Pacific Railway by Kansas Pacific Railway Company
About the Work
Trail maps were issued folded inside of the back cover of an accompanying guide book. This 1873 edition of a guide book offers concise descriptions of the routes, showing distances, streams, crossings, camping grounds, wood, water, and supply stores, etc., from the Red River crossing to cities in Kansas. The guide book describes the benefits of driving cattle to the Kansas railheads, and concludes that with "the principal advantages claimed and admitted for this great popular Trail - grass and water in abundance, good markets, plenty of purchasers and unexceptional [sic] facilities for handling and shipping cattle, no drover having his own interests in view will fail to drive to the old reliable Kansas Pacific Railway."