|Following the Great Western Trail
|Doan's store near the Red River Crossing still stands. Built in the 1880s, this little building has seen a lot of activity, including visits by Santata,
Quanah Parker, an English Lord, and hundreds of cowboys.
|The deep, icy waters of St. Jacob's well inside the Big Basin has quenched the thirst of man and beast alike for thousands of years. At times,
this would have been the only water source for miles along the trail.
|Access to water was vital to the drives into the Great Plains. Cattle would bed alongside the Boggy Creek in Fargo, Oklahoma, near Fort Supply.
|Most of old Dodge City burned, and urban renewal in the 1960s also took away much of the authentic character of the town.
|Along the trail, the traveler can find calabooses: here's Leedey's (Ok) little prison.
|Western Trail Places
Fort Griffin Flat - Now a ghost town, it's where the bad
elements that hung around military forts lightened the
wallets of cowboys.
Doans - Only the old adobe store remains from this
important river crossing town.
Fort Sill - Though not on the trail, it's worth a stop for
the many illustrious folks buried in the post cemetery.
Fort Sill is the only Indian War fort still active.
Fort Supply - Great Western trail drivers sold cattle to
Cheynnes and Arapahos here. he fort is now inside of
a prison! Fun, fun, fun. Make sure to lock your car.
Big Basin - You'll cross over the most haunting
landscape I've ever seen - the Big Basin. A natural sink
hole in the middle of flat prairie, the basin is wind
swept, treeless, and unbelievably harsh.
Dodge City - Unfortunately, the authentic parts of
Dodge City's western past were razed to make way for
broader streets and more parking (for tourists - oh, the
irony!) The old train depot on Front Street houses the
tourist office, with walking tours and maps.
|Take a road trip up the
Great Western Trail
(and the Shawnee and
Chisholm Trails) in
Traveling History Up
the Cattle Trails!
|The Great Basin in Kansas, just south of Dodge City, leaves visitors with a grand view of the Great Plains.
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|At the border of Oklahoma and Kansas
|Lone Wolf, Oklahoma