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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’.
Ryan Drugstore was established in 1924 and continues to serve residents of this small farming community, population 816 in the 2010 census. In the back of the drugstore, there is an old fashioned Coca-Cola display that is an attraction. Outside, a window display features old pharmacy bottles from the days of the Indian Territory. To get there, go south on US 81 from Waurika, 11 miles. At the intersection of the town, you will see the welcome sign, proclaiming Gateway to the Chisholm Trail. Turn right, or go west and the drugstore is in the middle of the block.
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.
Brand New Opened in June 2012
Oil Industry Friendly
Fishing near by
15 minutes to KS Star Casino
Cable TV available
Full Hookups (30 and 50 amp)
Pull Through slips available
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.
Welcome to Chisholm Trail Rides, where we offer you a unique, personalized riding experience.
We offer lessons for both children and adults, and open trail riding.
We are by appointment only, allowing us to focus on the individual, or a group, and give a personalized experience.
Our riding trail is not following the leader, it is open trail riding. This allows us to ride to the level of our rider, whether it's a walk, trot or canter.
We have horses of all different levels and all different breeds, including gaited horses.
We cater to the rider who has never ridden a horse before, and also to the rider who is just getting back into riding, or rides frequently. We ride both English and Western.
One of our biggest complaints is that our riders are having trouble getting in contact with us. This is because of our personalized riding style. The best way to contact us is by texting 214-584-8698, or call us at 469-406-5864. We also have an email address at email@example.com.
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Visiting the museum can transport you back into a simpler time; you can literally “step” into Grandma’s kitchen or the family dentist’s offices. See authentic room vignettes filled with treasured antiques, memorabilia, and other artifacts depicting pioneer life in Oklahoma. There is an exceptional arrowhead collection, stone collection and fossil collection. Whether your interest is early-day photography, music, crafts, Indian lore, farming or machines, the Stephens County Historical Museum can satisfy your curiosity in charming fashion. Hundreds of dolls of several generations have found a home here. Art, photographs and memorabilia from the county’s largest employer, Halliburton, are on permanent display. Exploring the adventures of the past is just a step away. – Tue, Thur, and Sat 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM – (580) 252-0717 – https://www.facebook.com/stcomuseum
Located in downtown Waukomis, the Little Bit of Seattle Coffee Shop is the go-to place for your caffeine needs. The coffee shop features nine new varieties of gelato and sorbetto daily, Big Train blended coffees and cremes in 10 flavors like vanilla bean and dulce de leche, Italian sodas, specialty teas from MarketSpice Tea Shop and sweet treats like biscotti, dessert bars, gourmet cookies and muffin tops. Get your daily caffeine fix and snack on English toffee biscotti and lemon poppyseed muffin tops from Seattle's Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Company.
SaltCreek Casino, located in Pocasset, Oklahoma, is the first casino to open in Grady County, Oklahoma. It is the 18th casino owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation.
Ranch Style Bed & Breakfast
Stay at a private 1950′s brick home in the country just south of El Reno, Oklahoma. Gated entrance to an oasis of trees and a yard surrounded by pastures, wheat fields with cattle, horses, big barns and a silo.
Formerly known as The Blades Hotel, this property is the oldest free standing brick hotel on the Chisholm Trail. Recently remodeled and modernized, accommodations include two suites with private baths, three rooms with private baths and one room on first floor.
Smokin Joe's Rib Ranch features a wide variety of barbecue items including smoked ribs, pulled pork, chopped beef and smoked brisket as well as delicious homemade sides. At the end of a delicious meal, try to save some room for a one-of-a-kind dessert, Strawberries on a Cloud. Smokin Joe's offers dine-in, takeout, and catering services. Located in Rush Springs, there is always a hungry crowd enjoying great barbeque.
Nestled along Baron’s Creek at the eastern edge of Fredericksburg next to the Texas Rangers Heritage Center, Fort Martin Scott was the first U.S. military post to be established on the western frontier of Texas. Today it is an historical treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors to this National Historic Site are free to wander about the grounds and reflect upon the importance that this old fort played in the development of the great State of Texas. Once teeming with the activities of soldiers, civilians and teamsters, today it is brought back to life during many of the regularly scheduled living history reenactments and events held at the fort.
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.
Established in 1982, the Sid Richardson Museum features paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M.Russell of the 19th century American West during westward expansion. The legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson, amassed one of the most significant private collections of Remington’s and Russell’s in the United States. In addition to works by Remington and Russell, his collection includes paintings by other "old masters" of Western art: Oscar E. Berninghaus – a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, Charles F. Browne, Edwin W. Deming, William Gilbert Gaul, Herbert M. Herget, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Peter Moran and Charles Schreyvogel. Admission is free to the museum, which offers free tours and public education programs for children/families, teens and adults. The Museum Store has unique Western-themed items. Open daily except for major holidays.
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
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.
Joan's performance can be "spun" to fit your event. Currently Joan performs a stage show and can truly make a rope come alive. Her mastery of the Mexican and American styles of roping is so complete that she performs effortlessly. She combines years of stage and rodeo experience and performs a roping act with over 80 tricks in each routine. Joan's performance is FAST MOVING, COLORFUL, FASCINATING and EXCITING to watch. Joan performs to western music which can include a professional rodeo announcer's voice-over explaining some of the tricks as she does them. She can also do a spinning act where black lights transform costume and ropes into a glowing performance, should a complete black out setting be available. Her routine requires dexterity, precision and skill reflecting an authentic link to the beauty and flair of the original roping performed during the wild west era.
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.
Howdy Partners on the CT (Chisholm Trail) 150!
We hope you are planning for the busy upcoming CT150 Celebration! Our Trail Boss’s Chuckwagon Catering Outfit would like to be a part of some of the events you have planned or some still in the making.
We have a complete “Old West” Chuckwagon and bring this Western Atmosphere to every event/activity we participate in. We have done pancake breakfasts for over 1000 to steak dinner for 400 – nothing too big for our chuckwagon outfit.
Catering for Wagon Trains (Wyoming and Oregon), Historical celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions to US citizenship celebrations, Mormon Trek’s and many birthday parties. We are proud of the service we have been providing to “Western Enthusiasts” for over 30 years.
Please take a look at our web site www.chuckwagoncatering.net to see if you might want to include a real “Chuckwagon” in this historic years events/activities. We love bringing our “event planning “experience and our delicious meals to organizations. Be it breakfast, dinner or supper – please give us a call to explore the possibilities of bringing a real “Chuckwagon” experience to your community.
Wishing you the very best as you enter into this historic time of our “Old West” history and the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
Remember: Eat a hearty breakfast and Ride a Fast Horse!
Don Meyer – Trail Boss Sharon R. Meyer – Ramrod
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.
THE VINTAGE BARN
SHABBY CHIC BOUTIQUE
12811 S Hwy 81, 2 Miles South of Waukomis, Ok 73773
Directly off of the Historic Chisolm Trail
Sherri (580) 231-0838
Julie (949) 943-4305
The Vintage Barn is a one of a kind shabby chic boutique that offers custom, handcrafted furniture and home décor. Local grass roots, small business owner and designer, Sherri Curtis has an amazing talent for transforming, designing and decorating!
Sherri grew up in a very modest home and worked with her grandmother as a little girl, learning very quickly how to turn other people’s furniture into beautiful treasures. Bringing life to vintage and abandoned items, turning them into beautiful pieces of work and bringing smiles to people’s faces is her passion! The Vintage Barn is a lifelong dream of hers that she is thrilled to share with people from all over!
About three years ago, Sherri and her husband turned an old salvage yard off of the historic Chisolm Trail on highway 81 into a charming country home for their family. They restored the barn on the property into a quaint shabby chic boutique filled with Sherri’s work. The Vintage Barn offers a unique local shopping experience with a comforting “at home feel” where one room of beautiful, one of a kind, reasonably priced pieces and décor seamlessly flows into the next.
Stumbling across this diamond in the ruff after moving from California to Enid, Oklahoma, Julie Matula realized the beauty of this shop and began to spread the word about this special place. Because of her deep belief in what Sherri has to offer, she began promoting The Vintage Barn through social media and was encouraged to introduce her own inspired designs to the store.
The Vintage Barn is owned and operated by two small town ladies, passionate about doing what they love to do, providing quality, one of a kind items that make other people happy!
Normal operating hours are Saturdays 10:00-4:00 and Sundays 1:00-4:00
Please call Julie (949) 943-4305 or Sherri (580) 231-0838 to make arrangements to visit during weekdays.