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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
northwestern part of Denton County, and it was in the
Denton area that Chisum's herds increased to great
numbers, and big financial success came his way. For
nearly ten years, 1853 to 1863, he lived on his Bolivar
ranch, and over 100,000 head of cattle at one time bore
the "Jingle Bob" and the "Long Rail" brand, the fa-
mous mark of John Chisum. His old ranch in Denton
County is owned by Jim Waide, who lives near Bolivar
and who has tucked away in his archives the original
deed which John Chisum gave when he sold his ranch
to the Waide family. Many people of Denton knew
well the brothers of John Chisum, as Jim, Jeff, and
Pitser. And about 1930, Tony Chisum, a half-brother,
lived for six months on Oak Street in the city of Denton.
Tony died about 1934 in Argyle, nine miles south of
About 1863 or 1864 John Chisum, the great cattle
king, left the Denton area for the Concho region,
where the Long Rail herds continued to increase. A
well-marked trail developed from the Austin area via
Fort Worth northward to Red River in Wilbarger
County. When Chishum moved out of Denton County
he ceased to use the crossing at Red River Station in
Montague County and shifted to the crossing in Wil-
barger County, known today as Doan's Crossing. There
has been placed an historic marker at Doan's Crossing
to commemorate the spot where millions of Texas cat-
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/41/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.