Steeped in history, nestled deep in the hills, is a portion of the famous Chisholm Trail. Used for overland cattle drives in the post-Civil War era, the Chisholm Trail wound its way from Texas to Kansas. Its namesake trail marker, Jesse Chisholm, was a half-Cherokee from Tennessee who originally mapped the trail from his southern trading post in Texas up to Kansas City for the transport of goods. Although there’s some debate as to where the actual trail itself begins, there are various parts of the Texas Hill Country that today still have a historical attachment to that time and way of life. Before embarking into the great wide open, make a few stops in the Hill Country at these five historic towns, and perhaps debate the start of the Chisholm Trail with a few locals while you’re there!
5 Historic Towns in the Texas Hill Country
The first stop on the trail should be Bandera, recognized as the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” The beautiful Medina River winds its way through town, making it an anticipated stop along the Chisholm Trail. Dripping with history, a good first stop would be at the Frontier Times Museum, featuring western art, historical artifacts, and a Hall of Texas Heroes!
Kerrville itself is simply stewed in history. Just north of Bandera along Highway 16, this town was founded by James Kerr, who, during the war for Texas independence, was a Major in the Texan army, and came to embody the “old west.” Kerrville is now the home of the Museum of Western Art, whose collection boasts (and rightfully so) roughly 250 paintings, 150 sculptures, and a number of artifacts.