Editor’s Note: this is the second in a two-part series by Floyd on the state’s start to the cattle industry.

In 1867, a livestock dealer by the name of Joseph McCoy established a rail shipping terminal in Abilene, Kansas, the first of the Kansas railway destinations. In 1871 alone, more than 700,000 cattle reached this Kansas railhead.

Floyd McKee is a native of Seguin. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and eight of his ancestors were among the 33 Rangers that organized and developed Walnut Springs and Seguin.

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