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The Chisholm Trail Museum located in Kingfisher, Oklahoma is proud to announce a major exhibit now on display in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, focusing on the Chisholm Trail through Indian Territory, “Bridging the Chisholm Trail through Indian Territory.” Within the broader historical context of the Chisholm Trail, the over 1,300 square foot exhibit will also emphasize the history of the Chisholm Trail as it relates to Indian Territory and what is now north-central Oklahoma.The exhibit was constructed in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
Hours of operation are Tuesday– Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The museum is closed on major holidays. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.
Through artifacts, narrative, photographs, re-creations, maps, video and audio, the exhibit showcases the history of the Chisholm Trail through the lens of Indian Territory. Features of the exhibit include a large 8x24 ft. curved wall mural of the Cimarron River, which was a major geographical obstacle cowboys faced while trailing cattle north to Kansas, large maps of the trail, a re-creation of the Red Fork Ranch, which was located in present-day Dover, Oklahoma, a large display featuring the history of Jesse Chisholm (the trail’s namesake), displays featuring the history of the Cheyenne and Arapaho in connection with the Chisholm Trail, over one hundred original mounted barbed wire pieces from the late nineteenth century, a large Chuck Wagon night-scene diorama along the Cimarron River, and a fun hands-on section where visitors have the opportunity to touch and feel bison horns and hair, cowboy hats and bonnets.
Historically, Texas and Kansas benefited economically from the Chisholm Trail. In Texas, large cattle owners, cowboys and suppliers enjoyed unprecedented profits from trailing cattle north through Indian Territory to Kansas railheads. In Kansas, once small or previously nonexistent prairie towns transformed into boom towns from holding, servicing and shipping millions of Texas cattle east by railroad. These Kansas cattle towns also profited from serving cowboys food, drink and entertainment after several long months trailing cattle. Indian Territory provided a bridge that Texas cowboys utilized by trailing millions of longhorns in the span of approximately 20 years. Prior to and during the Chisholm Trail years, Indian Territory was home to a fascinating blend of American Indian cultures, frontiersmen, federal army units, Indian agencies, supply camps, stage stations and trading posts. Each of these made a direct impact on life in the area during the Chisholm Trail years.