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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:47

Most Nebraskans can close their eyes and envision hundreds of longhorn cattle trailing across the dusty Nebraska prairies, herded by dust-covered cowboys and looking for the next waterhole.

A local group of historians and landowners have organized the Nebraska Chapter of the Great Western Cattle Trail Association (GWCTA) in an effort to mark the cattle trail that brought millions of cattle and horses from Texas to markets in Ogallala and beyond.

The GWCTA met at the Senior Center in Wauneta on March 29 to elect officials and discuss the first steps necessary for placing cement markers along the trail.

Ted Tietjen, Grant, and Harold Potthoff, Trenton, will co-chair the group. Other officers are Pam Potthoff, Trenton, secretary, and Bryan Trimble, Ogallala, treasurer. Also serving on the board of directors are Marvin Large, Imperial; Bill Zahl, Stratton; and Tom Kraus, Madrid.

Across southwest Nebraska evidence of trails, corrals and watering holes can be found. The GWCTA hopes to preserve the location and history of the Great Western Cattle Trail.

The group is also working with other persons and organizations to get the Great Western Cattle Trail designated as a National Trail.

Interesting persons can contact Ted Tietjen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 308-352-4336, or Pam and Harold Potthoff, 308-276-2548, for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:48