|Frontier program partners with National Drover’s Hall of Fame to create traveling exhibit celebrating the cattle-drive era|
Ellsworth’s National Drover’s Hall of Fame, in partnership with an historical-studies group at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Frontier program, announces plans to celebrate the Chisholm Trail, the Great Western Trail, and other “north-south” cattle trails that fuelled the economic and social healing of post-Civil War America.
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This month in history
In his annual message to the U.S. Congress on 6 December 1880, and amidst transatlantic concerns over the disease contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia in U.S. cattle exported to Britain, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes mentioned that “pleuro-pneumonia” was “a serious disturbance to our trade with Great Britain.” Congressional leaders asked for more information, and the U.S. Commissioner for Agriculture, William Le Duc, provided an in-depth report authored by Dr. Charles Lyman. Three months later, Congress approved $15,000 for U.S. inspection and export-certification efforts.