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Celebrating 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail: Texas Terminus & History

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The Chisholm Trail celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and as the most famous route for driving cattle in history (at least 27 movies have portrayed an imagined account of the first drive along its path), long outliving its usefulness, its ability to usher us into and out of an era in a heartbeat has held our curiosity and imaginations through to its sesquicentennial. In recognition of that illustrious milestone birthday, readers are invited to acknowledge the trail and all it stood for by paying homage at one of the many sites in Texas that bear its name or host parts of its history. The trail itself passes through Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas,

The trail itself passes through Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, along the way being recognized by historical markers as symbols of a time long since passed. Although it’s estimated that some five million head of cattle and one million mustangs have been driven up the trail, very little is known about the man for whom the trail was named, nor many of the men who worked it afterward. In the coming weeks, we’ll highlight some of the places recognizing both of their efforts, and the years of livestock driving that took place along the route as a result.

To this day, historical centers and sites in all three states (Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas) welcome visitors following along the trail on portions from Abilene, Kansas to South Texas, offering a glance into the past and into the lives of those that worked the trail. If you’re one of these adventurers in 2017, or subsequent years for that matter, here’s the first of our series on the Chisholm Trail and its Texas terminus and history.

Cuero, Texas: Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum

Celebrating 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail: Texas Terminus & History
Photo: Facebook/Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum

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