Waco and the Wild Wired West: The End of the Chisholm Trail

On this episode:

It’s light as air, stronger than whiskey, and cheap as dirt! Stephen finally gets to talk about his love of…barbed wire. That’s right! Learn about the technological innovation that changed the West and ended the Chisholm Trail. 

Mentioned in the podcast:

The design that ultimately won, the “Glidden Winner.” Here’s an early ad for the fence.

Just where did the Chisholm Trail go? Here’s a map of all the routes cowboys would take. Notice one of the main routes coming straight through Waco.

About the Waco History Podcast

The Waco History Podcast was started by Randy Lane and Dr. Stephen Sloan. Randy’s great-grandfather was a Roy E. Lane, a celebrated Waco architect. He’s responsible for designing the ALICO Building, Hippodrome, and other Waco landmarks. While searching through his own family history, he looked for a podcast about Waco’s history. When one didn’t exist, he sought out the perfect co-host to help him start one. That’s where Stephen comes in.

Dr. Stephen Sloan is in charge of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University. He’s also a professor of history there. Stephen helped start wacohistory.org, a website devoted to helping people find out more about the city’s past. Together, with a series of guests, they’re looking to tell Waco’s known and unknown stories. 

randy and stephen

Courtesy of the Waco Tribune-Herald

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