Since 1967, the authors have had one mission: to tell readers exactly where the Western Cattle Trail was located and to give a history of its place in the American West. Their first book, The Western, the greatest cattle trail, 1874-1886, presented the location and history of the trunk line during that time period.
In this second volume, the entire trunk line is presented from Texas to Canada, showing its route before and after the Kansas quarantine of 1885, plus a discussion of the system's feeder, detour, and splinter routes. The project encompasses the history that surrounds the trail.
Included in this tale are the trail's cattle towns, river crossings, cowboy and homesteader comments, the Texas cattle fever, quarantine lines, herd laws, and Indian encounters. What emerges is an overall picture of the cattle-driving industry from its conception in the 1840s on the first trail system going north, the Shawnee, to its demise in 1897 on the Western Trail System