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Joseph McCoy

(1837 - 1915)

  • Convinced Texas cattlemen to bring herds to newly built railroad in Kansas
  • Businessman who built hotel, stockyard, office, and bank
  • Established Abilene as railhead on the Chisholm Trail
  • Promoted ranchers to send two million head of Texas longhorns through Abilene in four years
  • Called himself “The Real McCoy”

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