Cattle actually, or steer…
travel through the heart of downtown Dallas.
The 70 bronze steer and three trail riders are sculptures commemorating the Shawnee Trail, one of the principal routes by which Texas cattle were transported through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.
The Shawnee Trail is known as the earliest route by which Texas longhorns were taken to northern railheads. It was a long, dangerous journey.
Eventually, the cattle drives would be blocked by angry cattle farmers whose local cattle had been affected by disease-ridden ticks carried by the Texas longhorns. While the longhorns were unaffected, the local cattle were dying from “Texas fever” spread by the ticks.
The detailed bronze sculptures were created by Texas artist, Robert Summers, who began the project in 1992. The life-size display sits on land donated by the City of Dallas and cost a total of $9 billion.
Incredible art and history, free to the public. Fantastic!