The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 74
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the Valley and each spring he went back to Oklahoma. On every
trip through Austin he spent two or three days here, usually stay-
ing around the Chamber of Commerce and talking about these
old drives in which he had an early part. I am not sure he made
the first big trip north from Austin, but believe he did.
Each time he came through Austin he was more enthusiastic
about publicizing the old trails and about 1932 or 1933 he came
to me with an idea on which he wanted help. He first wanted
a design worked out for "THE LONGHORN-CHISHOLM
TRAIL." With my help and that of the Tips Engine Works he
got such a design worked out. With my assistance we got the per-
mission of the commissioners court in each county from Browns-
ville, Texas, to Oklahoma, to erect two of these markers in each
county seat. These markers cost Mr. Ackley-as I remember-
about $1 .oo each which he himself paid. Some of these markers
are still up but the chances are many of them have been taken
down by a forgetful people whose sense of gratitude seems to
decline with prosperity.
One of these signs was on the south end of the Colorado
River Bridge in Austin and the other is still securely fastened
to an iron post at the left side of the entrance to the capitol
grounds. The wording on these metal signs is "GOING UP THE
TEXAS [longhorn steer head] CHISHOLM TRAIL." The
word "Longhorn" is not used but instead there is a date "1867."
At the bottom is a saddle flanked with cactus slabs.
Mr. Ackley had a specially built truck in which he traveled
and which was covered with various signs publicizing the Long-
horn-Chisholm Trail. He used the expression "Longhorn" to
signify the Texas end of the trail and "Chisholm" the Oklahoma
or Indian Territory end.
About 1934 another old-timer showed up who had been up
the trail in the late 6o's or very early 7o's. This old driver, Captain
Jim Lane Cook, sent word that he wanted to show me where the
first herd crossed the Colorado at Austin. I met him at the Pleas-
ant Valley Road, which is in East Austin, and together we walked
down the trail on the north bank where the water still laps the
remaining end of the old Chambers Mill Dam. He pointed to the
south bank of the river which gradually slopes down to the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957, periodical, 1957; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/m1/87/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.