Longhorns of Commerce LbNA # 42539
|Placed Date||Jul 21 2008|
The Spanish brought the first longhorn cattle to America in 1493. Descendants of these longhorns formed the first cattle population in North America. Texas was the original home of ranching and became the major blending pot for the evolution of the history-making Texas Longhorn breed of cattle.
The abundance of cattle at the end of the Civil War had depressed the Texas market. However, the prices of cattle and beef were still high in the north and east. So despite the danger involved in a round-up, the hardy Texas cattle began flowing north. They continued on the Chisholm, Loving-Goodnight, and Dodge City trails until that market was sated and the ranges of the central and northern plains were fully stocked.
Charles Goodnight, Texas cowman who is credited with inventing the chuck wagon and who was one of the originators of the Loving-Goodnight trail, said of Longhorn cattle, "As trail cattle, their equal never has been known. Their hoofs are superior to those of any other cattle. In stampedes, they hold together better, are easier to circle during a run, and rarely split off when you commence to turn the front. No animal of the cow kind will shift and take care of itself under all conditions as will the Longhorns. They can go farther without water and endure more suffering than others."
Most breeds of cattle fall into either beef or dairy. The Texas longhorn is a beef animal and is known for its lean beef, which is lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than most beef. The Texas Longhorn is also utilized for their many excellent qualities adding hybrid vigor and easy calving abilities when crossed with other breeds. However, they continue to represent the romance of the Old West and are often retained for their beauty and intelligence.
The Longhorns Letterbox is located in Commerce, TX on Charity Rd. and is 1.5 mi. from this starting point. From the light at the intersection of Hwy. 50/24 and Spur 178/Culver St. turn East (toward the high rise dorm), right at the next light (Monroe St.), and left at the stop sign (Charity Rd.) Watch for the small herd of longhorns on your right after the stop sign at Washington St. They are usually near the roadside fence during the day and retreat further back during the evening. This area is not in the city limits. The box is .5 mi. from the last turn, on the left, in the streetside knothole at the base of a large oak tree that is at the beginning of the bridge.