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Wilbarger County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas

FM 2916
13 miles N of Vernon via US 283
60 miles NW of Wichita Falls via US 287

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welcoming dogs in Doan's Crossing Texas
Photographer's Note: "Really enjoyed Doan's Crossing. This may not be Sugar but may be an offspring. Too friendly. They asked me to stay but I just couldn't. Don't think they understood."
- Barclay Gibson, February, 2007

Getting There
From US 283, take FM 2916 east about 3 miles to Doan's Crossing

History in a Pecan Shell

's 19th Century history is closely bound to the Red River crossing some 15 miles north. Corwin Doan operated a store at this point and supplied cowboys with all they needed to survive the trip. This is where an estimated six million Longhorn cattle crossed on their way to the railheads in Dodge City, Kansas.

The fencing of the west and the invention of barbed wire put an end to the cattle drives that brought Texas back from the economic collapse brought upon by the Civil War.

There is a large granite marker that includes many of the brands of the most famous ranches in Texas.

Beside the marker, there is the adobe structure that was originally the store, and little else.

You cannot see the river from this point, since the crossing proper is on private property.

Historical Marker:


A major route for cattle drives known primarily as the Western Trail developed from far South Texas to Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s. About 1876, trail drivers along the route began crossing the Red River near this site. In 1878, Ohio native Jonathan Doan established a trading post near the crossing and became the first person to permanently settle in Wilbarger County (organized in 1881). In the early 1880s he and his partner/nephew Corwin F. Doan recorded the passage of hundreds of thousands of cattle along this river crossing which became known as Doan's Crossing.

TX  - Doan's Crossing granite marker with cattle brands
The marker in Doan's Crossing
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2007
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Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1962

Adobe in Doan's Crossing Texas
Adobe structure in Doan's Crossing circa 1881
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2007

Historical Marker:


Corwin F. Doan (1848-1929) settled here on Red River in 1878; erected this house in 1881. In his early picket store and later, permanent building, he had large stocks of goods to supply the cowboys who annually drove cattle in herds of thousands along the Western Trail. The village of "Doan's Crossing" had 14 or more buildings. Doan, his wife Lide (1850-1905), and their 3 children entertained people from all walks of life -- English Lords to Indians -- in this adobe house.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark--1962

Doans' Adobe Building marker, Doan's Crossing Texas
Doans' Adobe Building Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2007


1936 Centennial Marker

Doan's Crossing on Red River 1936 Texas Centennial marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2007

Centennial Marker:
By herds on the Western Texas-Kansas Trail, 1876-1895, six million cattle and horses crossed here. "You don't need much monument if the cause is good. It's only these monuments that are for no reason at all that has to be big. Good luck to you all anyhow.
Will Rogers."

Dedicated to George W. Saunders, President of the Old Trail Driver's Association, "Who kept the trail records straight."

Doan's Crossing on Red River Texas centennial marker text
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2007
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Doan's Crossing Texas memorial marker
Memorial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2007

The welcoming canine
Doan's Crossing's welcoming canine
TE photo, 2000
Doan's Crossing is policed 7 days a week by an intelligent and curious canine that ignored our request for his name. We assume he is counting the days until the picnic. This year's (2000) picnic will occur on Saturday May the 6th.

Doan's Crossing Forum

The Friendliest Red River Dog
& Beaumont, the Wild Boar
  • The "curious canine" shown on the Fargo-Doan's Crossing page is named "Sugar" -- an apt name for a very sweet-natured pooch. We live across the street from the Doans marker and adobe. Thanks for putting her picture on the net. - Tom Neely, August 13, 2001

    I loved Tuffy's story, and you're a wise man to prefer to write about the animals you meet rather than the people.

    Since quite a few folk drop by here at Doans there are also a few animals kicked out out here, and using the secret sense they have that points unerringly to suckers, they come to our door. All that we allow them is a bowl with their new name on it, veterinary care for life, and all that they can eat -- forever. Sugar was a refugee and she now has her own couch in the garage.

    Next time you are here walk out south of my house and take a look at Beaumont, the 550 lb. wild boar who used to live in our house when he was little. He also was a refugee. The total count, porcine, canine and feline is about 15, and we love them all. Most are behind a fence, but Sugar is an exception. ... - Tom Neely, August 14, 2001

  • Beaumont, the wild boar, was orphaned during an early freeze on a ranch near Matador. A "friend" brought him to me when he was about ten inches long. For a time he lived in the house, and he very quickly imprinted on me. He would stand up by my recliner and squeal until I picked him up and put him in my lap.

    After having a veterinarian neuter him, we put him outside and for years he never left the yard, but when he started excavating the neighbor's yard he had to go into a pen.

    He now weighs about 550 pounds and excavates horseshoes, pieces of trace chain, and other metal implements, which lead me to believe that his pen overlies an old blacksmith shop in greater Doans.

    In his younger days he would furtively approach one of our cats from behind, and using his snoot, flip the cat into the air. A surprise for the kitty, and great fun for Beaumont. They quickly learned to keep an eye on Bomey. He has been a joy and a delightful pet.

    Many inquisitive visitors to Doans did double takes when they came onto our porch and found Beaumont at one end, lying in the shade. "Did you know there is a pig on your front porch ?", they would ask incredulously. I would reply, "Why, no", and hold the door for him to come in, which he always did.

    He gets a twinkie-like cake with his food every day. Now in his golden years, he rests for a good portion of these summer days in his custom mud puddle. - Tom Neely, August 17, 2001

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    Doan's Crossing, Texas Nearby Towns:
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    Wichita Falls
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