Announcement: October 11, 2019 – This entire site is being edited to continue promotion of the Chisholm Trail history. There will be times you will see references to 2017, when the 150th Celebration took place. If you find this site useful, donations are appreciated. Visit https://onthechisholmtrail.com/members/ to make a donation and at the same time become a member of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
The Who? What? When? and Where?
Everyone, everywhere is welcome and encouraged to participate in the continued celebration of the Chisholm Trail.
Size of your community isn’t a factor. Consider having a Cowboy Poetry event, a cowboy film in the park or a simple exhibit of Chisholm Trail history in your local library, town hall or school foyer.
Larger communities might consider parades, cowboy camps to see the cowboy lifestyle, or a cowboy-themed play with your local theater company. Libraries or reading circles could have a Chisholm Trail era book club. You may also consider utilizing some of the events you already have, such as an annual festival, by adding some Chisholm Trail “goodness.”
Events that are not necessarily cowboy related; 5K runs, car shows, Fourth of July Parades; could add some context or theme. Example:The Over-the-Hill 5K Celebrates the Chisholm Trail!
Click on our Ideas tab for more suggestions.
Public support of the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail that was in 2017 continues only through your support. (In cowboy terms … the government ain’t going to pay for this.) While the actual anniversary has come and gone, we continue to keep that spirit and history alive.
If is is to Be … It is up to Me.
In this case, it is up to each entity to raise money to support their local efforts.
Working together through websites like this one (maintained by the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK), the Chisholm Trail 150 facebook page, and the help of the State Departments of Tourism, Regional Marketing Associations, county groups, local Chambers, Main Streets, Convention & Visitors Bureaus and lots of Cowboy friends, we are cross-promoting to bring visitors from around the world to the Chisholm Trail every day.
Come to the Chisholm Trail !
We especially appreciate the help of the Oklahoma and Kansas International Travel Liaison, who is supporting the Celebration throughout Europe.
Several groups in all three states continue fundraising efforts by contacting corporate sponsors and private donors. If you would like to donate to a statewide-celebration, please contact the appropriate representative below.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association, 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK 73533
International Chisholm Trail Association, Dennis R. Katzenmeier, President, 412 S. Campbell Street, Abilene, KS 67410
Texas Lakes Trail Association, Jill Campbell Jordan, Executive Director, 116 West Bridge St., Granbury, TX 76048