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Chisholm Trail

a cattle trail leading N from San Antonio, Tex., to Abilene, Kan.: used for about twenty years after the Civil War.
Origin of Chisholm Trail
named after Jesse Chisholm (1806-68), American scout Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No man, or band of men, that ever rode the Chisholm Trail could set his face away from it.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • "They're going to start for Texas down the Chisholm Trail," he said138, smiling down at her from the saddle.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • After crossing, I hadn't gone but a short distance when I came in sight of the Chisholm Trail.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
  • His herd had just come in over the Chisholm Trail, crossing to the western somewhere above.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • I was certain of striking the Chisholm Trail before night, but was doomed to disappointment.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
  • I was then in the western edge of what is known as the Black-jack country, which extends east far beyond the Chisholm Trail.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
  • Morgan lifted his hand in gesture at once silencing and denying, and marched out after the heroes of the Chisholm Trail.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
Word Origin and History for Chisholm Trail

1866, from Jesse Chisholm (c.1806-1868), halfbreed Cherokee trader and government agent who first plied it. The surname is from a barony in England, probably from Old English cisel "gravel."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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