Jesse Chisholm, using his Cherokee roots, established trading posts along a trail from Texas that was blazed from buffalo migratory patterns. The Chisholm Trail followed easy paths through the rough terrains of Texas and Oklahoma enabling drovers to move thousands of longhorn from ranches of the South to stockyards of the North. In 1867, Joseph McCoy, an Illinois livestock dealer, assured the skeptic public that he could move 200,000 head of cattle from Texas in ten years by connecting the Chisholm Trail to the railroad. McCoy would utilize Abilene, Kansas as his cow town hub marking the City of the Plains as the first cow town of the West. Less than a mile away from this location, nearly two million head of Texas longhorn were loaded on the railroad from the Great Western Stockyards. McCoy quieted the naysayers in half the time of his guarantee; drovers had moved approximately 1.5 million more cattle than he had promised. He is inspiration for the phrase, “The Real McCoy” because he found a way to turn a $2 longhorn in Texas into a $40 longhorn in Illinois.