NAME: Doan's Crossing
COUNTY: Wilbarger
CLIMATE: Warm winter, hot summer
Winter, spring, fall
COMMENTS: The store is a must see.
REMAINS: Some original structures.
Corwin F. Doan and an uncle, Jonathan Doan, operated a very successful supply store at the strategic point along the Red River where cattlemen crossed with their herds of cattle on the way to Dodge City, Kansas. It was known as "the jumping off place," as it was the last store on the Western Trail before entering the Indian Territory on the way to eastern markets. The store was named C.F. Doan and Company. Doan estimated the number of cattle that passed his store in 1879 to be one hundred thousand head. The boom lasted only a few years for in 1885 the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad built tracks south of Doan's Crossing and other towns became shipping points for cattle. The number of cattle being driven overland for shipment dwindled. Shortly after World War I, the towns along the railroad forced Doan's Crossing to withdraw as a center of human activity. Today, Doan's Crossing consists of the original 1881 store, some abandoned residences and a granite historical marker in bronze relief. Doan's Crossing is at the juncture of Farm to Market Road 2916 and Farm to Market Road 924 in northern Wilbarger County. SUBMITTED BY: Henry Chenoweth
Doan's adobe store 1940
Courtesy Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum