Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary

1867 - 2017

Kansas Cattle Town Celebrations

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2017 Event Schedule - Newton

The famous Chisholm Trail gave us the reputation, "Bloody Newton, the wickedest town in the West."

The Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway established a railhead for Texas cattle at Newton in 1872. Gunslingers, gamblers, "soiled doves," cowboys, railroad men; Denizens of every kind roamed the streets.

When the cowboys moved west, homesteaders turned the surrounding prairie into the "Breadbasket of the World." The area boasts one of the largest Mennonite populations in the country. Visitors will find warmhearted, courteous, and friendly people in Newton, well-known for their graciousness and good cooking.

Western hospitality and the rugged pioneer spirit live on in our festivals, attractions, and historical sites. At Trails Park, one can still see the swales created from trailing over a million Texas Longhorn cattle and tons of freight.

April

March 18 - May 13, 2017

Western Art Exhibit

The exhibit features works by regional artists Coleen Sternberger, Don Dane, Jean Cook, Patricia Neufeld, Bob Willis, Patsy Lane and Burneda Venosdel. A variety of mediums will be featured, including paintings, photography, leatherwork and sculptures. Guitarist Michael Knopf will perform a free “Blue Jeans Concert” as part of the exhibition’s opening reception from 6-8 p.m. March 16. On April 20, Bob Willis will offer a free sculpting demonstration from 6-8 p.m. that evening. Admission to the exhibition is free. The gallery’s regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 316-284-2749.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery
128 W. Sixth St.
Newton, Kansas 67114

 

 

May

March 18 - May 13, 2017

Western Art Exhibit

The exhibit features works by regional artists Coleen Sternberger, Don Dane, Jean Cook, Patricia Neufeld, Bob Willis, Patsy Lane and Burneda Venosdel. A variety of mediums will be featured, including paintings, photography, leatherwork and sculptures. Guitarist Michael Knopf will perform a free “Blue Jeans Concert” as part of the exhibition’s opening reception from 6-8 p.m. March 16. On April 20, Bob Willis will offer a free sculpting demonstration from 6-8 p.m. that evening. Admission to the exhibition is free. The gallery’s regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 316-284-2749.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery
128 W. Sixth St.
Newton, Kansas 67114

 

May 1, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is presented at Kaufman Museum where it will be read in a short ceremony.

The Kansas Governor's proclamation declaring 2017 the Year of the Chisholm Trail will be carried by horseback from Abilene to Caldwell along the Chisholm Trail. Various Kansas Saddle Clubs, Mounted Police Units, and Team Ropers will participate. The proclamation will then be exchanged with riders from Oklahoma who will be bringing a proclamation from their Governor.

Kaufman Museum
27th & N. Main, North Newton
Newton, Kansas 67117

 

May 6, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m.

Chisholm Trail Bike Ride

The Chisholm Trail Bike Ride celebrates Newton’s history as a rail stop on the historic cattle trial. The annual event features three distance options, a 3-mile out-and-back, 31-mile route and 43-mile route. The ride begins at 8 a.m. May 6 at Athletic Park, near First Street and Grandview Avenue, in Newton. Check-in and late registration open at 7 a.m. Registration is $25 for a single rider and $50 per family. All riders receive a Chisholm Trail Bike Ride T-shirt and refreshments. Online registration and more information is available at www.ChisholmTrailBikeRide.com. Register by April 17 to be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Begins @ Athletic Park
First St. and Grandview Ave.
Newton, Kansas 67114

 

 

June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

December 14, 2017 - April 3, 2018

The Chisholm Trail:
Driving the American West

The Chisholm Trail fundamentally changed the American West. From the birth of the cowboy as icon to the revival of the cattle industry, the Old Chisholm Trail helped shape our popular culture by altering how we thought of the American West and the individuals who lived there.
This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills Design with major sponsorship from Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today.

Kauffman Museum
27th & N. Main, North Newton
Newton, Kansas 67117

 

 

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