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Following the Texas Trails through town

Museum program highlights the early history of the Moorcroft area


February 3, 2022

Grace Moore

Rick Kaan presented a detailed overview of the cattlemen of Texas at the museum.

The Moorcroft Historical Society hosted speaker Rick Kaan of Hot Springs, South Dakota on Saturday for a presentation about the trails that brought cattle north and the beginning of the western cattleman's paradise. He started out explaining how influential the civil war was to the beginning of the cattle trails and the beginning of the modern cowboy.

The cattlemen of Texas used to sell their stock to the South. When the Yankees took control of the Mississippi River at the beginning of the civil war, there was no longer a way to get the cattle to the buyers in the South, so the Texans join...

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