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Before the railroad was developed in the U.S.A. Texas steers were driven 600 miles overland "Coma Ti Yi Yippi Yippi Yay, Yippi Yay" on the famed Chisholm Trail; they lost millions of meat as they hoofed it for two months and more on their way to market. Some Texas cattle were herded all the way to New York, as late as 1855.
It wasn"t until about 1885, when railways reached the heart of Missouri, Kansas and Texas, that the great cattle drive ended.
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