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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Oklahoma's Chisholm Trail Centennial Corridor sign was established in 2007 for the state Centennial celebration. The highlight was a month long cattle drive, from the Red River north into Kansas.
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.
A whole heap (herd?) of cowboy and western performers including singers, tricksters, gun fighters, saloon girls and more. They can come to your event, or your group can come to their Western Town east of Marlow, OK. Contact Orvel Robinson for details.
Travel: State of Oklahoma
Fees: Dependent on number of performers, travel and duration of performance
The Fort Worth Stock Yards, officially incorporated in 1893, swiftly became the epicenter of the largest livestock market in Texas, grew to be the biggest market south of Kansas City, and finally ranked among the top five nationwide for five decades. Serving as supply depot for the Chisholm Trail, the major route out of Texas for livestock, started Fort Worth on its path to Cowtown capital. But it was the arrival of the railroad and the ambition of its business leaders that drove the city’s success. Recognizing the potential, local businessmen began expanding the stockyard facilities beyond its feedlots. Diversification in Fort Worth’s livestock industry included railroad cattle terminals, meatpacking plants, grain elevators for feed, livestock-pharmaceutical manufacturers, a horse, mule, and hog market, and its expansion into sheep soon turned it into the largest sheep market in the nation. A permanent change in the nature of the livestock industry and its decentralization wouldn’t begin until the middle of the 20th century, allowing the Fort Worth Stockyards to hold on until 1992, when the market finally closed after its final livestock auction. However, rather than allowing the enterprise to go the way of other abandoned stockyards in the state, Fort Worth business leaders once again saw opportunity for growth and today a Stockyards National Historic District, with its restored mercantile buildings and network of corrals and feedlots, preserves the city’s grand past. The District covers fifteen square blocks where entertainment, restaurants, shops, a daily cattle drive, and rodeos all drive a visitor experience worthy of Texas’ Cowtown Capital.
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The Stonewall Saloon was the first permanent structure built in Saint Jo in 1873 to accommodate thirsty trail drovers moving cattle along the Chisholm Trail. It maintained a boarding house upstairs. It now serves as a museum depicting the history of Saint Jo and the Chisholm Trail.
Physical Address is 100 Main St, Saint Jo, Tx. Mailing address is PO Box 518, Saint Jo, TX 76265.
The Williamson Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1997 to collect, preserve and exhibit items relating to the rich culture and heritage of Williamson County. We offer free and exciting hands-on educational programs to the public through innovative exhibits, tours and outreach including our annual Chisholm Trail Days Event at San Gabriel Park and Pioneer Day at Old Settlers Park.
Through our extensive educational outreach programs, our goal is to preserve the unique stories of the county for both present and future generations. In addition, the Museum provides insight and accurate historical information based on first-hand sources in a variety of areas. This focus allows the Museum to effectively educate, entertain and enlighten our visitors.
Whether you're planning a family vacation, group event or corporate gathering, Enid has plenty of fun things to do and lodging options ranging from popular chain hotels to historic bed and breakfast inns. Our location at the junction of U.S. highways 81 and 412 is not only easily accessible; it has significant historical value. Enid is right where the paths of the Chisholm Trail and Cherokee Strip Land Run cross. If you love movies, think Lonesome Dove meets Far and Away.
In 1912, the Depot became the hub of the community. Brick pavers surround the north side, between the building and the railroad. The city now owns the building and a public library is open during the week. Inside there is a room dedicated to its railroad history, serving as a museum, and numerous historical photographs of the region are displayed throughout the library. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It also serves as a public town hall meeting place for legislators and as events center for everything from art shows to wedding receptions.
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