Cimarron National Grassland

Jones & Plummer Trail, Meade, KS

The first trail through the area was made by the Jones & Plummer Cattle Co., bringing their cattle from the Texas Panhandle on the Canadian River to Dodge City. As soon as Dodge City could handle freight, this company took teams of oxen and Conestoga wagons and broke a trail through where Beaver, Oklahoma is now, north to the Cimarron River, across Crooked Creek and  keeping to the high land to the east, came up the east edge of Meade before turning north, west on Fowler and on to Dodge.

In the 1870s and 1880s the nation's pressure to expand the West created a recognizable region that included the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and southwestern Kansas, best described as a ragged, imperfect triangle with Dodge City the hub and anchor. The Jones and Plummer Trail was founded by hunters Charles Edward (Dirty Face) Jones and Joe H. Plummer. They formed a short-lived partnership and opened a dugout store at the mouth of Wolf Creek in the Texas Panhandle, between Dodge City and Mobeetie, Texas. Jones staked a trail to both locations for his own use, but it was open to all comers.

Known from the beginning as the Jones and Plummer Trail, the route stretched 168 miles from Dodge City to Mobeetie. The trail crossed the Cimarron River at Miles Landing, located east of present State Highway 23 in Meade County, Kansas, before entering the Oklahoma Panhandle. The trail then ran south-southwest to the site of present Beaver, where it forded the Beaver (North Canadian) River. Continuing south, the trail entered the Texas Panhandle north of Booker. 

The trail can be seen north of 54 Highway to the west side of the CMS tower in Meade County, KS and also south of the Hoodoo Brown road ranch.  The trail can be seen from the air almost all the way to the Oklahoma line.

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