Details for Comanchero Trail (Atlas Number 5279000997)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5279000997


Marker Number 997
Atlas Number 5279000997
Marker Title Comanchero Trail
Index Entry Comanchero Trail
Address SH 54, 8 miles west
City Littlefield
County Lamb
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 733183
UTM Northing 3754218
Subject Codes roads; Native Americans
Marker Year 1970
Marker Location from Littlefield take SH 54 west, about 8 miles to marker
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text One of several routes used by traders dealing with Indians, primarily Comanches (hence name). Weapons, whiskey and trade goods were swapped for stolen Texas cattle, horses and captives. Pursuit apparently begun in the 1760s, when Mexican hunters ventured out on "Staked Plains" (Indian domain) to hunt buffalo for New Mexico meat markets. Early explorers Zebulon Pike (1807), Josiah Gregg (1830) and Captain R. B.Marcy (1848) told of finding Comanchero campsites and wagon trails on the plains. The Comancheros ceased to operate in the mid-1870s. (1970)