Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary

1867 - 2017

Kansas Cattle Town Celebrations

Schedule of Kansas Events

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CT-150 Souvenirs

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2017 Statewide Event Schedule

April

Abilene

April 1, 2017 @ Noon to 10:00 p.m.

Media Roll out Day for CT-150

Author's Symposium, Western Movie Marathon and unveiling a new Chisholm Trail exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

April 1, 2017 @ Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Movie Marathon and Chisholm Trail exhibit

Author's Symposium, Western Movie Marathon and unveiling a new Chisholm Trail exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

April 29, 2017 @ High Noon

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation leaves Abilene.

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.



Abilene, Kansas 0

 

Durham

April 29, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is passed off to Durham riders.

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.



Durham, Kansas 0

 

April 30, 2017 @ High Noon

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is passed off to Newton Saddle Club riders.

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.

Santa Fe Trail and Chisholm Trail Crossing
near Highway 56
Durham, Kansas 0

 

Newton

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

 

Delano

April 1, 2017 @ 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chisholm Trail Bus Tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy a ride in a comfortable bus while going back into the past to the days of the Chisholm Trail!! We'll be visiting graves of people who walked that trail, seeing markers and memorials of where the trail used to be and enjoying visits to museums!!! Also included will be lunch by Sugar Sisters in Caldwell at the former Eastern Star / Masonic Hall. We'll also be visiting long-horns on our way back home!!! We'll be leaving from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at 7 a.m. and returning to Wichita approximately 5 p.m.
Tickets are $65 and are available at Wichita Hat Works 607 W. Douglas
For more information e-mail marylourivers67204@gmail.com

Delano (L-D Stadium) to Caldwell and back
300 S. Sycamore
Delano, Kansas 67213

 

Wichita

April 6, 2017 @ 4:30 to 5:30

Union Station Dedication and Open House

Join us for the dedication of the Chisholm Trail plaque and the Grand Opening of Phase 1 at Union Station.

Union Station
701 E. Douglas Ave.
Wichita, Kansas 67202

 

April 8, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.

Book Club: The Log of a Cowboy

Celebrate the Chisholm Trail 150th by reading more about trail life. In the third of our 4-part series, we will discuss The Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams. Although the book is fictional and set on the Great Western Cattle Trail, the book has received wide acclaim for its accurate portrayal of a cowboy's life in the saddle.

Registration required, beginning March 11; call 337-9456 or register online.
Books will be available at the Westlink Branch for check out to the first 15 registrants beginning March 11.

Westlink Branch Library
8515 Bekemeyer
Wichita, Kansas 67212

 

April 20, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Ron Wilson - Cowboy Poetry from the Trail

Cowboy poet Ron Wilson comes from the historic Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan, Kansas. He appears regularly on television, radio and in the Grass & Grain newspaper. Ron scored in the top 5 at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, won the Horizon Award from the Kansas Chapter of the Academy of Western Artists, and was proclaimed Poet Lariat (NOT Laureate) by the Governor of Kansas. He is the only cowboy poet in the history of this state to present a cowboy poem at a Governor's inauguration. He presents all-original cowboy poetry in full costume, complete with audience participation. Ron says: "The poetry is fun, family-oriented, patriotic, relates well with people, and most of the time, it even rhymes." His presentation will use verse to describe cowboy live along the historic Chisholm Trail which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017.

Wichita Public Library
223 S. Main
Wichita, Kansas 67202

 

April 22, 2017

Railroads & the Chisholm Trail

Great Plains Transportation Museum
700 E. Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 67202

 

April 22, 2017

Marking the site of the Cattle Pens

Between 1872 and 1876, the Wichita cattle pens were one of the busiest stockyards in the country. Constructed under the direction of Shanghai Pierce for the city, the loading pens were 300 x 550 feet, with fifteen subdivisions, twenty-seven gates, with four runaways and chutes. They held 2,500 head and could handle one hundred and twenty five car loads a day. The facility, including additional holding pens, took up 14 acres.

Site of cattle pens
220 S. Commerce Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202

 

April 23, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m.

Jim Hoy - Singing the Cattle North

Historian Jim Hoy explores how cowboy folksongs were more than entertainment on the lonely prairie. Through trail-driving songs, night-herding songs, and bunkhouse or chuckwagon songs, cattle drovers produced a musical culture that still appeals to today's ranchers who have traded their horses for four-wheelers and six-guns for cell phones. Hoy is a retired professor of English at Emporia State University. An authority on the folk life of ranching, he has published 12 books and over 100 articles on the topic.

Alford Branch Library
3447 S. Meridian
Wichita, Kansas 67217

 

Wellington

April 28 - 29, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chisholm Trail BBQ Cook Off

This is a sanctioned BBQ Event through KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society).

Downtown Historic Wellington

Wellington, Kansas 67152

 

 

May

Newton

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

 

Delano

May 4, 2017 @ High Noon

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is presented and read in a short ceremony by the Delano Clock Tower.

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.

Historic Delano Clock Tower
599 W. Douglas
Delano, Kansas 67213

 

Wichita

May 3, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is passed off to the Wichita Mounted Police Unit.

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.

KDOT Historic Marker
near 45th and Broadway
Wichita, Kansas 0

 

May 4, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is passed off to members of the Clearwater Chisholm Trail Saddle Club.

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.

Wichita Union Stockyards Event Center
6425 W. MacArthur
Wichita, Kansas 67215

 

May 13, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.

Book Club: Border Queen Caldwell

Celebrate the Chisholm Trail 150th by reading more about trail life. In this final segment in our 4-part series, we will discuss Border Queen Caldwell: Toughest Town on the Chisholm Trail by Bill O'Neal. Caldwell, Kansas, got its nickname as the "border queen" by being a wild and rowdy town, the first town drovers encountered after herding cattle north along the Chisholm Trail from Texas and Oklahoma. O'Neal's book recounts the stories of the early days in Caldwell.

Registration required, beginning April 8; call 337-9456 or register online.
Books will be available at the Westlink Branch for check out to the first 15 registrants beginning April 8.

Westlink Branch Library
8515 Bekemeyer
Wichita, Kansas 67212

 

May 20, 2017

33rd Annual Walk With Wildlife

This event will celebrate the native animals and plants of Kansas, all those beautiful creatures the drovers would have seen as they brought their herds north along the Chisholm Trail. See over 50 species of native animals up close, learn about the more than 1,700 species of Kansas wildflowers, meet some longhorn cows & calves and enjoy a chuckwagon lunch. Lots of hands-on activities make this a fun event for the entire family. Admission is $2 per person.

Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th N
Wichita, Kansas 67220

 

Clearwater

May 5, 2017 @ High Noon

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is presented in Clearwater at the Chisholm Trail Sports Complex Historic Monument.

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.

Chisholm Trail Sports Complex Historic Monument
1001 E. Ross
Clearwater, Kansas 67026

 

Wellington

May 5, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m.

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is passed off to riders from Wellington and Conway Springs.

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.

Chisholm Trail Marker
120th Avenue South in Sumner County
Wellington, Kansas 0

 

Caldwell

May 4 - June 27, 2017

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.

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

Caldwell, Kansas 67022

 

May 5 - 6, 2017

Chisholm Trail Festival

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

Caldwell, Kansas 67022

 

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

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is passed off to riders from Caldwell.

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.

Chisholm Trail Monument

Caldwell, Kansas 0

 

May 6, 2017 @ High Noon

Governor's Proclamation Exchange

The Governor's Proclamation is presented in a short ceremony in Caldwell and then exchanged for the Oklahoma Governor's proclamation with riders from Oklahoma.

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.

Downtown Caldwell

Caldwell, Kansas 0

 

Goessel

May 12 - 13, 2017

Chisholm Trail Cow Camp

1860s cow camp with chuckwagon and longhorn cattle.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum
200 N. Poplar
Goessel, Kansas 67053

 

 

June

Delano

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. to Noon

History & Mysteries of Highland & Maple Grove Cemeteries

Join us on a trolley tour of the 2 earliest cemeteries in Wichita! We'll be visiting the graves of historic figures as well as people who have died mysteriously. Joseph McCoy, James R. Mead, and two more of the "Four Horsemen" are some of those buried here who were involved with the Chisholm Trail.
Tickets are $20 and are available at Wichita Hat Works 607 W. Douglas
For more information e-mail lipstickgirl@sbcglobal.net

Bus leaves from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
300 S. Sycamore
Delano, Kansas 67213

 

Wichita

June 2 - 10, 2017

The Vanishing Cowboy

Experience iconic images of Kansas from the America West of the past - the Cowboy. Photographed by father and son team and native Kansans Jim and Chris Bertoglio, discover how these stunning photographs reveal the daily lives of the remaining ranchers on the Great Plains. See both personal moments and expansive landscapes with these working cowboys, their horses and cattle. Enhance your understanding of ranching culture and you will surely come to appreciate this vanishing way of life.

Exploration Place
300 N. McLean Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

June 22, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Film Series: The Cowboys

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail by watching how life on the cattle trail was depicted by Hollywood in four movies. The first movie in our series is The Cowboys starring John Wayne and Bruce Dern. Released in 1972, John Wayne plays Will Anderson, a crusty veteran cattleman preparing a 400-mile drive to get a herd of steers to market. When his crew quits suddenly, he has no choice but to recruit eleven boys and teach them the basics of herding cattle and riding the range. (Rating: PG. Runtime: 123 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

Junction City

June 10, 2017

Symphony in the Flint Hills
Celebrates the Chisholm Trail

The theme of the 2017 Signature Event is "Chisholm Trail" and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the famous trail that brought cattle from Texas to Kansas in the years following the Civil War. As in past years, the Kansas City Symphony will perform the sunset concert.
Tickets go on sale March 4th.

Symphony in the Flint Hills
Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County
57 Hwy and Ridge Road
Junction City, Kansas 66441

 

 

July

Abilene

July 22, 2017

National Day of the Cowboy

Story tellers, cowboy poets and western musicians pay homage to the day of the cowboy.

Dickinson County Heritage Center
412 South Campbell
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

Wichita

July 15, 2017

Prairie Flowers

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
701 N. Amidon
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

July 22-23, 2017

Adventures on the Chisholm Trail

Come Celebrate the Chisholm Trail in its different dimensions. The Chisholm Trail was high way for Texas cattle to Kansas and it also served other purposes. It was a route for frontier military moving between Kansas and Texas. It was also a freighting route used by Jesse Chisholm and others.
Meet descendants of Jesse Chisholm and hear about his life, hear some cowboy music and poetry, see western art, come dressed in your cowboy best and compete for best dressed buckaroo. Learn about native plains culture, talk with the buffalo hunters and learn about frontier military. Kids, come and learn the art of cowboy roping, try some branding, do a little target practice and catch the outlaw of the street. It promises to some great adventures.

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

July 27, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Film Series: Dodge City

As we continue our celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, watch how life on the cattle trail was depicted by Hollywood in four movies. The second movie in our series is the 1939 film Dodge City with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Wade Hatton (Flynn) is a cattle man who arrives in the frontier community of Dodge City which is overrun by footloose cowboys and outlaws. When Hatton helps Dodge City lawmen capture a gang of cattle rustlers, he's asked to help guide a wagon train into town. Back in Dodge, he finds a gang has taken over the city. Appointed the new sheriff, Hatton is determined to clean up the town and put the outlaws out of business. In his rare moments off duty, Hatton tries to win the affections of Abbie Irving (de Havilland) who believes he is responsible for her brother's death. (Runtime: 105 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

Wellington

July 12 - 16, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

117th Kansas Wheat Festival
Theme: Chisholm Trail

Wellington Area Chamber and CVB

Wellington, Kansas 67152

 

 

August

Abilene

August 2 - 5, 2017

Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, named one of the top 5 professional outdoor rodeos in America for 1995, 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2011; and the Top Large Outdoor Rodeo in the Prairie Circuit for 2003, brings you America's original extreme sport. The 2012 rodeo had a total number of 427 entries with a payout of $72,529.00. The 2013 rodeo had a total number of 468 entries with a payout of $78,109.00.
Nearly 500 cowboys and cowgirls, world champions and the "young gun" contenders alike, make their way to Abilene each year to compete for prize money and the hopes of adding points to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo.

Dickinson County Fairgrounds
619 N Rogers St
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

August 3 - 5, 2017

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo

Cowboy and Cowgirl Poets will "ride" against each other on-stage performing their best cowboy poetry which will be judged by a panel of five (5) judges, throwing out the high and low scores for a total score in each category. There will be two go-rounds with an average as in rodeo and their average scores will determine the Champions. The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is an event, fashioned after a stock rodeo, designed to pit the skills of one cowboy poet against the others, all having paid an entry fee to compete for prize money, trophy buckles and awards, with an ultimate goal to help further develop the talents for both stage presence and writing styles, all at the same time to provide an entertainment value to the audience.

Shockey and Landes Building
324 N. Broadway
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

August 24 - October 17, 2017

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.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

Wichita

August 5 - 19, 2017

Cowboy Art

Wichita Art Museum
1400 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

August 9, 2017 @ 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Senior Wednesday: Along the Chisholm Trail

The Chisholm Trail is the most famous of cattle trails, and the dangers, blessings, and long lonely days on the trail have been referenced in many western songs. Jeff Davidson, musician and story teller from Eureka, will lead us up the trail by song. Davidson will sing those songs and tell how each relates to the trail. He'll lead us up the trail, turning a stampede, riding herd on a rainy night and eating 10 gallons of dust. It's going to be fun, so Cowboy Up, and hit the trail with us!

Wichita Public Library
223 S. Main
Wichita, Kansas 67202

 

August 10, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Film Series: The Far Country

As we continue our celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, watch how life on the cattle trail was depicted by Hollywood in four movies. The third movie in our series is the 1955 movie The Far Country. This movie stars James Stewart, John McIntire, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Set in the Yukon, Stewart and his friends are driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada, where the boom towns pay top dollar for beef. When they arrive in Skagway, the corrupt sheriff of the town steals the cattle and Stewart and his friends are forced to fight for the herd. Together with the female saloon keeper of another town, they find themselves up against an evil they were not prepared for. (Runtime: 96 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

August 24, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Film Series: Red River

The fourth and final movie in our film series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail is the 1948 film Red River. Based on Borden Chase's novel "The Chisholm Trail", John Wayne portrays Thomas Dunson, a headstrong frontiersman who, with his longtime partner Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan), abandons a westbound wagon train in 1851 to make his future as a rancher in Texas. Dunson informally adopts a young orphan (Mickey Kuhn) and over the next 14 years he builds up one of the largest ranches in the entire state of Texas. The Civil War has taken all money out of the South, so Dunson is unable to sell any beef in Texas and decides to move his large herd to Missouri over 1000 miles away through territory controlled by border gangs and Indians who have picked off what the gangs missed. Dunson is not above killing anyone who challenges his authority on the drive. His son Matthew steps in and takes the herd from Dunson and heads toward Kansas. (Runtime: 133 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

Ellsworth

August 18 - 19, 2017

Cowtown Days

Ellsworth Cowtown Days is an annual weekend celebration and rodeo that takes place in August every year in downtown Ellsworth, KS.

Downtown Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Kansas 67439

 

 

September

Abilene

September 1 - 3, 2017

Trails, Rails and Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail

Trails, Rails and Tales is the kick-off event for a two-year celebration that brings the longhorn herd back to Abilene, Kansas. TRT is a three-day event to pay homage to the legends that followed the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas. Historical re-enactors, tin-type photographers, fast draw competitions, buckaroo camps, Texas Hold 'Em tournaments, longhorn parades, Native American demonstrations, Kansas Western Music, Red Steagall, melodramas, mounted shooters and a fireworks display along with dozens of vendors, food and beverage. Join us as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first longhorn drive along the Chisholm Trail to Abilene.

Old Abilene Town
100 SE Fifth
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

Wichita

September 12 - 23, 2017

Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive

Cattle Drive from Pond Creek, Oklahoma to southwest Wichita


Pond Creek, OK to
Wichita, Kansas 0

 

September 23, 2017

Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive

The Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive from Pond Creek Oklahoma arrives near Wichita on September 23rd.

Wichita Union Stockyards Event Center
6425 W. MacArthur
Wichita, Kansas 67215

 

Clearwater

September 16, 2017

Happy Trails Fall Festival



Clearwater, Kansas 67026

 

Caldwell

September 16 - 17, 2017

Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive

The Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive from Pond Creek Oklahoma passes through Downtown Caldwell on September 16th.
Western band Sons of the Juaquin will provide entertainment.

Downtown Caldwell

Caldwell, Kansas 67022

 

 

October

Abilene

October 7, 2017

Chisholm Trail Days

Dickinson County Heritage Center
412 South Campbell
Abilene, Kansas 67410

 

Delano

October 6 - 8, 2017

Delano Fall Fair - A Chisholm Trail Celebration

The Delano Fall Fair is a family event where you can step back in time and stroll down the streets of Delano among cowboys and saloon girls, eat a chuckwagon meal and watch the Race of the Amazons. There will be a wide variety of things to interest young and old alike: a Horse Parade, Old-fashion games, Horseless Carriages, an 1880s Baseball game, a civil war encampment, staged entertainment and a variety of foods.

Historic Delano
west of the Arkansas River
Delano, Kansas 67203

 

Wichita

October - December, 2017

The History of Jesse Chisholm

Items and information from Calvin Chisholm Collection. We will have a photograph from the 1991 Enquist collection of Calvin Chisholm at the memorial with quotes from him and his connection to Jesse. It will be in our atrium free of charge for people to come and view.

Mid-America All Indian Center
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

Wellington

October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2017 Wellington Fall Festival

Theme: Chisholm Trail

Downtown Historic Wellington

Wellington, Kansas 67152

 

 

November

Wichita

October - December, 2017

The History of Jesse Chisholm

Items and information from Calvin Chisholm Collection. We will have a photograph from the 1991 Enquist collection of Calvin Chisholm at the memorial with quotes from him and his connection to Jesse. It will be in our atrium free of charge for people to come and view.

Mid-America All Indian Center
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

November 4, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Dedication of the marker for Jesse Chisholm's Cabin Site

Jesse Chisholm, an Indian trader, was one of the first to settle in this valley along a clear stream that became known as Chisholm Creek. His trading locally and travels into Oklahoma and Texas helped create the route that brought Longhorn cattle into Kansas and helped establish Wichita.
Gather for snacks and early Wichita history at 3:00 p.m.

Site of Jesse Chisholm's Cabins - 19th Street North just east of Canal Route.

Wichita, Kansas 0

 

Benton

November 24, 25, & 30, 2017

Christmas on the Prairie

Shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and most Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closed Monday - Wednesday

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
15231 SW Parallel St.
Benton, Kansas 67017

 

 

December

Newton

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

 

Delano

December 7, 2017

A Delano Cowboy Christmas

Historic Delano
west of the Arkansas River
Delano, Kansas 67203

 

Wichita

October - December, 2017

The History of Jesse Chisholm

Items and information from Calvin Chisholm Collection. We will have a photograph from the 1991 Enquist collection of Calvin Chisholm at the memorial with quotes from him and his connection to Jesse. It will be in our atrium free of charge for people to come and view.

Mid-America All Indian Center
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

December 1 - 2, 2017

Victorian Christmas

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

December 8 - 9, 2017

Victorian Christmas

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

Benton

December 1, 2, 3.

Christmas on the Prairie

Shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and most Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closed Monday - Wednesday

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
15231 SW Parallel St.
Benton, Kansas 67017

 

December 7, 8, 9, 10.

Christmas on the Prairie

Shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and most Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closed Monday - Wednesday

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
15231 SW Parallel St.
Benton, Kansas 67017

 

December 14, 15, 16, 17.

Christmas on the Prairie

Shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and most Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closed Monday - Wednesday

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
15231 SW Parallel St.
Benton, Kansas 67017

 

December 21, 22, 23.

Christmas on the Prairie

Shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and most Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closed Monday - Wednesday

Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
15231 SW Parallel St.
Benton, Kansas 67017

 

 

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