The Texas State Historical Association boasts many scholarly publications and resources for history enthusiasts like you to peruse and discover many fascinating aspects of the cattle trail industry and its history.


From A Cowman's Wife, by Mary Kidder Rak, to Scottish Capital on the American Credit Frontier, by William G. Kerr, a number of titles from TSHA Press detail the era of Texas cattle trails. Additionally, much research has been published on the history of Texas cattle trails, and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly has printed the work of several historians who have researched many facets of the cattle driving industry.



The Texas Almanac was first published in 1857, right on the cusp of the cattle trail boom in Texas. Not only have contemporary writers contributed to its recent volumes, but the voices of those who actually lived the history of the Texas cattle trails can also be found among many articles in the Texas Almanac archives. Past articles from the Texas Almanac are available online, and members can access these articles in our Digital Library.



As the 150th anniversary of the start of the Chisholm Trail approaches, TSHA proudly presents Texas Trails: Pathways of History, replete with many informative and fascinating entries on Texas cattle trails culled from the Handbook of Texas. The eBook is included in this month's free content bundle, which also features articles on Texas cattle trailing from both the Quarterly and the Texas Almanac.