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Recognizing that our past profoundly influences our future the Bell County Museum collects, preserves and interprets the historic and prehistoric cultural heritage of the Bell County region, for all citizens, and provides quality traveling exhibitions for their enjoyment and education.
Established in 1991, the Bell County Museum serves the community as a vital resource for the collection, interpretation and preservation of the historical heritage of the Bell County area.
Where you can pick up the perfect old or new gift for that someone special. Our building was built in 1901 by C.B. Campbell (one of Minco's founders) as a dry goods store. It was sold to John Markle in 1920 and became Markle Grocery until 1979. It was occupied by different owners until 2001 when it was sold to Jerry and Deana Walje. They opened the bottom part of the building into an antiques and gift store plus they had a place for Tanning and Toning. In 2011 they added a soda fountain with fresh hot chocolate chip cookies. In 2012 they finished the remodeling of the upstairs and open the area for more antiques. They removed the toning beds at this time to make room for more vendors and now a flower shop named Petals and Pinecones. There is also a massage studio Nancy's BodyWorks and a computer repair PC's Bobs.
Original gravestones of Caldwell's gunslingers and first settlers located in a special area in the Caldwell Cemetery. Historical marker tells the story.
You'll get a western welcome when you walk in the door of the Buzzard's Nest Trading Post in Comanche, Oklahoma, and a ya'll come back now, when you leave. Owned by sole proprietor Diane Gann, established in 2007, the Buzzard's Nest has everything from new handbags to unusual found jewelry and antiques, home decor, the latest in fashions, and so much more.
"We have lots of friendly faces, it's a family run business unless the family runs away," says Diane. "Every time you visit you will find new items."
Our C.W. Parker Carousel was built in 1901, complete with hand-carved horses, is our pride and joy at the Dickinson County Heritage Center.
C.W. Parker's fascination with carousels first began when he came across one while on a walk with his young daughter. After purchasing multiple rides for her, Parker decided the amusement business would be a good venture for him. Parker bought his first carousel soon after, and later decided to try to improve the design by building his own. Thus the C.W. Parker Amusement Company began.
Our 1901 carousel was manufactured here in Abilene, Kansas and originated as a traveling carnival ride. It was sold to Tom Knight, a drive-in movie theater owner in Riverton, Wyoming. When Knight's health declined and forced him to close, the Dickinson County Historical Society was contacted to purchase and bring the carousel back home to Abilene. After ten years and many volunteer hours, the carousel became fully restored and was named a National Historic Landmark. It is one of only twelve National Historic Carousels in the United States.
Every year thousands of people enjoy a ride on the carousel which comes with a replica ticket souvenir.
The Cattle Raisers Museum chronicles Texas ranch life through film, photos, interactive exhibits and displays of ranching memorabilia. Visitors can trace the origins and development of ranching as both an industry and cultural phenomenon in the 1850s and embark on a journey through the cattle industry and into the future of the business. The interactive gallery tells the story of the challenges and accomplishments of Texas and Southwestern cattle raisers over the past 150 years.
- See more at: http://texaslakestrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/cattle-raisers-museum#sthash.9wZJqaWF.dpuf
The gift shop at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has a variety of souvenir items for all ages. Postcards, T-shirts, mugs, novelty items like keychains and hat pins. A growing selection of books include regional, cowboy poetry, Chisholm Trail history, cookbooks, Oklahoma history and children's books. Our candy selection features Bedre’ chocolates, and western-style snacks, like Cow Tales, Beef Jerky, wax mustache lips, and scorpion suckers, to name a few. Other unique items are DVDs about life on the Chisholm Trail. New items are added constantly to reflect the growing interest in the history of the old west, Native American cultures and Oklahoma.
If read out of context, the Historic Round Rock Collection sounds like a historically significant collection of rocks. It’s not, although one rock in particular, a large table-shaped rock along a Brushy Creek low water crossing, provided the town its name. Rather, it is a collection of historic sites commemorating Round Rock’s history, including those sites connected to the Chisholm Trail. The famous trail crossed Brushy Creek near the infamous round rock and some of the town’s period businesses serviced the wranglers and drovers who followed the trail. Approximately nine sites, including several homes, an inn, a hotel that also served as a post office, and the actual round rock, of course, are among the collection. Round Rock is fortunate to retain a good percentage of its early architecture and much of the historic downtown buildings were constructed between 1876 and 1881. Chisholm Trail associated buildings, including the St Charles Hotel, were built as early as 1850 and remain standing today.
- See more at: http://texasbrazostrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/chisholm-trail-historic-district#sthash.9egn9Vnb.dpuf
This small park pays tribute to the cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail. This was the last stop in Texas before heading to northern markets using The Great Texas Cattle Trails, including the Chisholm and Goodnight trails. Nine life-size longhorns and two roving cowboys, made of steel, recall those early cattle drives. Wise Street at U.S. 81.
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Welcome to the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum. The tepees and life size cattle drive silhouettes that greet you as you enter the museum along with the “WELCOME TO CLEBURNE * ON THE CHISHOLM TRAIL” eighty foot stone wall are fast becoming one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in this part of Texas. We offer free docent-led tours with advance notice on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Chisholm Trail Ridge Park lies along the scenic shore of Waurika Lake in the Great Plains Region of southern Oklahoma. The area offers many recreation activities, including fishing, boating and hunting.Waurika Lake encompasses 10,100 acres of water and about 12,000 acres of land, which provide ample space for visitors to enjoy the outdoors. It is about six miles northwest of the city of Waurika and lies in portions of Jefferson, Cotton and Stephens Counties.This facility is named after the Chisholm Trail, a trail used to transport cattle from Texas ranches to Kansas railroads in the late 1800s.****NOTE TO VISITORS: Oklahoma and northern Texas are in a period of drought. Lakes are at very low levels.Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):34.25917, -98.03534°15'33"N, 98°2'6"WFrom Waurika, Oklahoma, take Highway 5 northwest for 5 miles. Turn right onto Advent Road and proceed 3 miles. Turn left on Chisholm Trail Road and drive one mile to the park entrance.
Everyone loves a rustic, back-to-the-basics event. More and more people are opting for
the timeless and unpretentious atmosphere of Chisholm Trail Rustic Venue for their special day.
The quiet, rustic country setting and authentic western town will make your wedding or special occasion unique and unforgettable. It's the perfect rustic retreat for friends and family.
Caldwell “The Border Queen” – Caldwell, KS
Business Genre: Attractions, Community Information, Family Fun, Lodging, Specialty Shopping
Short Description: Caldwell is located on the Kansas-Oklahoma border and served as the first sign of relief and refreshment on the long drive up the dusty, treacherous Chisholm Trail from Texas through then Indian Territory. Established in 1871, the town took on all the elements of a lawless frontier settlement as it catered to the many cowboys who passed by with their large cattle herds on their way to Abilene, giving the town its nickname, the “Border Queen.”
Long Business Description:
Welcome to Caldwell, the “Border Queen” and a true child of the Chisholm Trail, born due to her location on the trail. Though established in 1871 by opportunity-seeking Wichita businessmen to set up shop on the border of Indian Territory, there was a general store/dance hall on the bluffs south of town in 1869 called The First Chance/Last Chance Saloon for the weary cowboy after months of driving the Chisholm Trail from Texas. “First Chance” for thirsty young cowboys heading north, but “Last Chance” for liquor and supplies for those same cowboys heading back south through Indian Territory.
True grit formed this trail town, with 4 murders, 2 lynchings, and a classic gunfight in its first year. By year 3, they were trying out their 9th marshal, only to quickly need a 10th. It remained little more than a trading post until the Santa Fe Railroad extended its line to Caldwell in 1879. This rail restored the idle Chisholm Trail back to its glory days, bringing more than a million longhorns thru town. During its reckless cowtown period between 1879 and 1885, Caldwell boasted a higher murder rate and loss of more law enforcement officers than other more famous cowtowns. Life was rough, but a glorious place for villains and desperados to escape to lawless Indian Territory. As you can imagine, it provided a place for young cowboys to go wild after long months on the trail, sampling the 14 saloons, brothels, and gambling dens to see if they could make it out alive!
Gunfights, showdowns, general hell raising and hangings soon became commonplace. Finally a glimmer of hope arrived in 1882; Henry Brown saved the day, becoming our marshal after riding with Billy the Kid, acquiring skills to wrangle a rustler and unarm a gun slinging drunkard. Peace was kept until he rode west to Medicine Lodge with his deputy Ben Wheeler and two others, attempting to rob their bank. After killing two bank employees, they rode away unsuccessful and with no cash. After their capture by a posse, later in the night, Brown was shot by a raging mob that broke into the jail, and Wheeler was shot AND hung to die. Talk about making a statement!
Caldwell settled down until 1893 when Congress opened the Cherokee Outlet south for settlement. Soon, the town was filled with thousands of land hungry pioneers preparing for the last great land rush in America. At high noon on Sept 16, 1893, 15,000 people gathered in Caldwell, awaiting the cavalry soldiers’ gunshots to start the mad rush for land. Today, it’s a quiet agricultural community of 1,100 settlers with an Opera House, museum, silhouettes on the southern bluffs, and historical walking tour signs to guide you through our raucous youth. The Chisholm Trail is celebrated every first weekend in May where we relive our Wild West days with pub crawling, ghost tours, gambling parlors, gunfights, saloon girls, and opera house shows.
Welcome to town! We’re friendlier now.
The Clearwater Historical Society was started in 1979. It took ten years of fundraising to complete the museum in November 1990. Within 6 years nearly 8,000 items were placed in the museum.
In the original part of the museum a "house" was created, which has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, bath, dining room, and parlor. There are many other attractions such as: the Military Room, Summer Kitchen, Laundry Room, School Room, Doctor/Dentist Office, and General Store.
The museum is equipped with restrooms, excellent lighting, air conditioning, and heating. It is handicap accessible. The museum is a great place to come and visit, and is open on Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm.
Store proprietor Allen Wooten has been collecting instruments and country music memorabilia for over 10 years. Much of his instrument collection is for sale. Every Thursday evening, he hosts an acoustic session in his Cowboy Opry venue, along with something to eat if you’re hungry. It’s kind of like the Bluebird Café of Southern Oklahoma. There’s plenty of stories, music and things to see and share at this little store which sits at the intersection of US Highway 81 and Oak Main in Comanche. He also offers music lessons for those who want to learn a lil’ pickin’.
Discover the history of the wild frontier, the days of Tom Smith and Wild Bill Hickok, and the wild and woolly days of the cattle drives to Abilene at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Also explore the stories of the early pioneers as they settled the great plains and turned the great American desert into their home. Extensive archival documents/records. Historic displays, antique carousel, blacksmith shop, cowboy history, family research, and telephony museum.
Local ranch brands are burned into the counter, vintage western paintings, handmade spurs and bits adorn the walls of this small diner just south of Terral, Oklahoma. Catfish, chicken strips, calf fries and steak finger sandwiches are a few of the short menu items. Dessert is pies. Beer is ice cold! Tartar sauce like nobody’s business. Doug’s T-shirts are a popular item with travelers. Opened since 1948, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Looking for a cozy couch, fancy new dining set, lamps or artwork for the walls? You'll find it at Eclectic Echo Furniture Consignment Gallery on Main Street Duncan in Oklahoma. Owned and operated by Debbie Sledge, you'll find designer, name brand furniture for a whole lot less.
"It is always changing. We tell people if they see something they want, they better get it because it probably won't be here the next time they come through," says Debbie. She also gets new items in, and carries Howard's Furniture products.
Eclectic Echo's vibe is warm, cozy and friendly. It is a consignment store with new pieces in daily. Currently located at 825 & 827 Main Street, Duncan.
Welcome to Eischen's Antique Bar...
the oldest bar in the state of Oklahoma! Eischen's Saloon was established in 1896 by Peter Eischen and was open until Statehood and Prohibition. Eischen's Bar opened shortly after the end of Prohibition by Nick & Jack Eischen, son and grandson of Peter Eischen.
The massive back bar, a vital part of the history of Eischen's was hand carved in Spain in the early 1800s. During the Gold Rush it was shipped to California. It was lost in time until it was brought to Okarche in 1950 for the enjoyment of all who stopped by Eischen's. On January 21, 1993, fire destroyed Eischen's and one of the things remaining is a small part of the antique back bar.
Hours Mon - Sat 10am - 10pm
Closed Sunday, Major Holidays
No credit cards - cash or personal check only / ATM onsite
No tea or coffee
Reservations for large groups Mon - Thurs only.
109 S. 2nd Street, Okarche, OK 73762
Experience the world’s only twice daily cattle drive as Fort Worth’s herd of Texas Longhorn steers are driven down the bricks of historic Exchange Avenue in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The Herd is driven by authentic cowboys and cowgirls in period clothing from the era of 1865.
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In 2003, Geff began writing cowboy poetry about his true-life experiences while working on different cattle ranches in the area. Once you've heard him, you will know he was truly blessed with the ability to write cowboy poetry. His performances are astounding as he brings the ranch life to you through cowboy poetry and western music. A must hear is Geff's cowboy humorous entertainment and western music. It is sure to delight crowds of all ages.
Geff was one of the featured cowboy western entertainers at Silver Dollar City's Salute to the Great American Cowboy in 2007, 2008 and again in 2012. He was the2006 Silver Buckle Champion and Best of the Best winner at the worlds only Western Legends Roundup Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in 2006 and in 2009 he won the Best of the West Shootout. The events were held in Kanab, Utah where he competed against 70 plus other contestants. He followed it with a trip to the Colorado State Fair where he won the "People's Choice Buckle" and was the "Reserve Champion" in their cowboy poetry competition.
Most recently he was honored as a 2012 Inductee into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
I have a medicine show that is set in the 1880’s. It is a show for all ages with Prof.Hyrum P. Hedgethicket, a con man who sells his wares, has magic tricks that can be solved by kids, audience participation, makes it rain and gets a kiss from an unsuspecting participant at the end.
I have performed for twenty-eight years at the Chuckwagon event at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. I have also performed in Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show (10 Years), Colorado Springs Poetry Gathering, L.A. County Fair, and many events in the state for the last thirty years.
Learn the history of the Chisholm and Santa Fe Trail as experienced by settlers and cattle drovers coming west. Board a modern day covered wagon (tram) and learn about the days of pioneers coming west and cowboys driving their herds from Texas to Abliene. Historical marker located 3 miles east of Canton commerates where Trails meet. Santa Fe Trail marker 1/4 mile south of Canton. Another site is the historic Jones cemetery located on the Santa Fe Trail just east of Canton.