Geography of Denton County Page: 27
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tie left the state and entered Oklahoma. It was John
Chisum's policy to sell at the "gate." His herds were
counted at Red River and sold. Jesse Chisum, the
half-breed Cherokee Indian, drove many herds of cat-
tle to northern markets from Oklahoma northward,
but it was John Chisum who operated in south and
southwest Texas, central, and north central Texas. In
some of the records there has been some confusion as
to which Chisum, Jesse or John, really gave his name
to the trail. From evidence gathered to date, one may
be led to believe that the Chisum Trial was named for
John in Texas and for Jesse in Oklahoma. John S.
Chisum was never married, but his brother, Jim Chi-
sum, has left a number of descendents in Denton County
today. In the city of Denton at the present time, lives
Mrs. Emory Peter, whose husband, Emory Peter, was
the bookkeeper, and confidential friend of John Chi-
sum. Mr. Peter operated the commissary at Trickham
in Coleman County for one of Chisum's ranches. Later,
Chisum extended his cattle interest into the Big Bend
section of Texas and on into New Mexico. A living
memorial to John S. Chisum is Lovers Lane in Roswell.
It is said he brought the cotton wood trees on mule-
back from the Las Vegas region to Roswell and planted
them along the beautiful old lane. While many of the
trees died a few years ago, enough of them are left
standing to convince one of the former picturesqueness
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/42/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.