Trail Markings

cti_g1a If you know of a Chisholm Trail landmark/marker that is not listed, please email info@onthechisholmtrail.com with GPS coordinates and a picture, so that we may add it to our list of markers.


“From the time ancient man learned to scrape a mark on a rock, people have been leaving behind graffiti as evidence of their passage. The cowboys traveling the old Chisholm Trail were no exception.

Near camp-sites and other landmarks along the trail, cowboys carved their initials and cattle-brands in soft sandstone. One location in particular, Monument Hill (about 15 miles south of the Heritage Center), was a favorite.

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“A high point [about two days into Indian Territory] soon became known as Monument Hill or Monument Rocks. This was a mesa whose almost flat top was strewn with slabs and boulders of reddish sandstone….Many Texas cowboys used their knives or spurs to carve initials or brands on the soft rocks….” (Wayne Gard, The Chisholm Trail, 1954).