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Chapter 8, Lesson 3: An Early Prairie Town (pp. 154-157)

I. Western Communities

II. The Growth of Abilene

    A. The railroad and Chisholm Trail made Abilene an important prairie town.

    B. Cattle were driven along the Chisholm Trail to Abilene and shipped by train to Chicago.

    C. The streets of Abilene were filled with cowboys and cattle.

    D. Abilene became a busy trade center.

III. The Cowboys Move On
    A. In 1871 Abilene was no longer a busy trade center.

    B. Texas cattle were not allowed in Abilene because they carried a sickness that made northern cattle ill.

    C. Cattle were shipped on new railroads that were built closer to Texas than Abilene.

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