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Great American Cattle Drive


Great American Cattle Drive

The Great American Drive of 1995 was organized to re-enact and commemorate the great cattle drives of the 1870s and 1880s. The starting point was in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District with the destination of Miles City, Montana. The route of the drive took it through six states.

Because the open range of the 19th century West had long since disappeared, the herd traveled along a route patched together from public highways, open public lands, and land generously opened by ranchers along the way. The principal organizer of the drive was Bud McCasland of Azle, Texas. A Montana rancher, Walter Secrest, was the teamster that drove his Shire horses on the chuckwagon. Walt also served as advance scout and was responsible for setting up camps in Wyoming and Montana,
The cattle drive left Fort Worth March 5th and arrived in Miles City September 1st. Just like the trail drives of the 19th century, this one also had unexpected events along the way that the drovers had to overcome. The drive consisted of 30 cowboys, 100 horses and 254 longhorn steers, not to mention all of the things necessary for the trail. They made between 13-16 miles per day and it took 6 months and was 1,700 miles long.

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