The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 158
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cattle poured out to every possible market--to New Orleans,
Natchez, Sedalia, Kansas City, Abilene, and various other points
in the western and northwestern States and Territories.
Almost in a season the trace Goodnight and Loving blazed in
1866 became a prominent trail. Drovers from the northwest bor-
der fell in upon it near Belknap and Camp Cooper, others from
central Texas pushed out to intersect it near Chadbourne and
newly founded Fort Concho and some from around San Antonio
drove northwest toward the same intersection. Drivers turned off
to follow the Butterfield Southern Mail road up the Delaware, by
the point of the Guadalupes, on by the Huecos and into El Paso.
Some kept on to the Indian reserves in Arizona and others drove
clear to the Pacific coast. A few continued up the Pecos to the
mouth of the Hondo, turned west through the White Mountains,
skirted the White Sands and kept due west for the same destina-
tions. Still others kept north along the Trail to Wyoming, turned
west along the Union Pacific and scattered their drives through
Utah, Nevada, and the Pacific Coast States. By 1870 the trade
along the Goodnight and Loving Trail was well established and the
amount of money handled by its Western bankers was noted as
"enormous."l But mostly the drivers went to market and to range
along the eastern edge of the Rockies instead of across the moun-
tains, their camps soon dotted the water courses from the Big
Missouri to the lower Pecos, and the drawl of the "Texian" became
as familiar on the Great Plains as the bellow of his longhorned
steer. Hitherto the traditional westward trend of pioneer migra-
tion had left the Plains in a wilderness state; the old animosities
that sectionalized the eastern half of America had broken on the
arid Plains. Now the trend of pioneering was reversed and the
cow country emerged from the fraying ends of northern trails.
At last here was a West undivided by the "Smith and Wesson" line;
a West bound together by rawhide hobbles, ropes and bridle reins;
a West with a common pursuit and a common technique, broadly
and openly flung across the middle of the continent from the Rio
Bravo del Norte to the plains of Saskatchewan. And what Good-
night and Loving's Trail was doing for its western edge, the
Chisholm Trail was doing in even greater degree for its eastern
and central portions.
'Dallas Herald, December 10, 1870.
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