Cattle Trails

  •  The Chisholm Trail and the Great Western Cattle Trail were famous cattle trails which started in Texas and ended in Kansas. 
  • People in the Eastern United States started eating more beef in the late 1800s. This meant they needed a way to get the cattle from the ranches in Texas. Texas didn't have any railroads at this time, so people had to take the cattle to railheads in Kansas. A railhead is an end point for a railroad.
  • Cattle sold at higher prices in the Northeast, so farmers took their cattle on cattle drives to the railheads and then shipped the cattle to the North and Northeast in order to make more money.