The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 137
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One of the most distinguished native sons of Texas is Dr. Ed-
ward Everett Dale, research professor of history at the University
of Oklahoma and nationally-recognized authority on the Cattle
Kingdom. Through the kindness of Arthur A. Kelly, representa-
tive of Tillman County in the Oklahoma House of Representa-
tives, a copy of a recent letter by Professor Dale has been re-
ceived. As this letter is a document on Doan's Crossing, it is
Thank you for your letter of March 7 with regard to Doan's Cross-
ing. This letter was of information to me.
Perhaps you would be interested in what Dr. E. E. Dale, Research
Professor of History, University of Oklahoma, has to say concerning
Doan's Crossing in a letter addressed to me under date of March 6,
"Your kind inquiry addressed to the University of Oklahoma, de-
partment of history, has been referred to me for answer. Doans'
Crossing on the Red River north of Vernon on the old western cattle
trail is an extremely historic point which is filled with interest for
students of Oklahoma history.
"The old cattle trail, which started in southwestern Texas, ex-
tended north past Seymour and just west of Vernon to this crossing
on the South Fork of Red River a short distance from where that
stream is joined by the North Fork. As you know, the trail extended
to Dodge City, but many herds were driven on past Dodge to ranges
in Montana and the Dakotas. A reference to this crossing appears in
Andy Adams' The Log of a Cowboy, which is something of a classic
in western literature. From Doans' crossing the trail continued on
passing a little west of the little town of Navajoe in greater Greer
County, crossed the North Fork of Red River at the so-called trail
crossing, a few miles northeast of Warren, and from there continued
north crossing the Washita near Butler, the Canadian a little west of
Camargo and on past Ft. Supply to the Kansas border.
"Livestock inspectors were stationed at Doans' crossing by the Texas
and Southwestern Cattle Raisers' Association to check the herds for
strays or animals belonging to ranchmen in Texas other than the
owners of the herds. Probably around 188o, C. F. Doans established
a store there a mile or more south of the crossing. This he and his
son, Mage, and, perhaps, another partner operated for many, many
years. Eventually, a small town grew up there, or at least there were
a few residences and this was a kind of stopping place for settlers in
Greer County going to Vernon with wagons loaded with wheat or
"I first visited Doans' store in the autumn of 1888 when I was a
very small child, and for the next several years stopped there fre-
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