Great Western Cattle Trail enthusiasts to gather in Ogallala
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County area will be represented when persons interested in the Great Western Cattle Trail meet in Ogallala Nov. 8-10 for a national convention.
Imperial resident Marvin Large will be one of the featured speakers on Nov. 9. In addition, attendees will be able to visit the Chase County Museum in Champion Nov. 10.
The Great Western Cattle Trail operated from Texas up into Montana and the Dakotas between 1874-1886. It passed through Chase County, at such areas as Blanche Cemetery and land owned by Marvin Large, John Osler, John Maddux and Jack Maddux.
Earlier this year markers were placed by the Nebraska association at those locations.
The national convention begins with a meet-and-greet at Mansion on the Hill in Ogallala Nov. 8.
Saturday the meeting will be held at the Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala campus. Tours will also be held at various sites, and a marker will be placed at the Tri-Trails Park.
On Nov. 10 a tour of the Nebraska portion of the trail will be held, starting at Blanche Cemetery and then on to the Rock Corral at John Maddux’s house.
Registration and membership forms may be obtained by contacting Great Western Cattle Trail Association Nebraska Secretary Pam Potthoff at
Membership is not required to attend the conference.