Enid's Bob Klemme featured on new Chisholm Trail DVD

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 12/03/2012

Visit Enid (Enid Convention & Visitors Bureau) has teamed up with Enid’s KJ Productions to bring to life some of the stories that came from the historic Chisholm Trail.

Guardian of the Chisholm Trail is a two-disc set, including a documentary DVD featuring Enid native and Chisholm Trail historian Bob Klemme. From the jacket cover, “This story unfolds in present day as Klemme shares his passion and knowledge about the Chisholm Trail and its stories with a family out on a Sunday drive. Historical reenactments of pieces of history along and about the Chisholm Trail include stories on the marrying tree, Pat Hennessey, Cowboy Monument and Skeleton Creek Ranch.”

The second disc is an audio travel guide CD with cowboy poetry, legends, maps to historic sites and more.

Klemme has dedicated his life to preserving the heritage of the region. His boyhood fascination with the historic Chisholm Trail led him to personally mark the exact path the trail took across Oklahoma. Klemme spent countless hours constructing and setting over 400 concrete markers that weighed approximately 200 pounds each, with his goal being to create interest in the Chisholm Trail and his hope is that some day it will become a National Historic Trail.  

Visit Enid director Marcy Jarrett said it was easy to agree to sponsor this project.

“Bob Klemme has done so much to preserve Enid’s and Oklahoma’s history,” Jarrett said. “This DVD is our small contribution to help Bob achieve his goal of keeping the Chisholm Trail alive for future generations.”

Enid city manager Eric Benson calls the DVD set a tribute to Klemme.

“Bob Klemme’s insight, his resourcefulness, his drive to historically document the Chisholm Trail, an incredible piece of American history, is a testament to the man’s integrity,” Benson said. “He is a great ambassador for the city of Enid and the region, and this DVD is a wonderful representation of his passion.”

Guardian of the Chisholm Trail is now available for $15 at the Enid Welcome Center, 123 W Maine, and at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S 4th. Visit Enid is also working with the Oklahoma Historical Society to get the documentary shown on OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public media source, and also making the DVD available at visitor centers along the Chisholm Trail.