Chisholm Trail Stage
The Chisholm Trail is named for Jesse Chisholm who had built several trading posts in what is now western Oklahoma before the American Civil War. He died in 1868, too soon ever to drive cattle on the trail.
The trail was used in the late 1800s to drive cattle overland from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads. The trail stretched from the Red River, and on to the railhead of the Kansas Pacific Railway in Abilene, Kansas, where the cattle would be sold and shipped eastward. The Chisholm trail stretched from around San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas.
The western branch of the Chisholm Trail was known as The Great Western Cattle Trail. Also known as the Dodge City Trail and the Old Texas Trail and was utilized from 1874 for the movement of cattle to markets East. The trail began at Bandera, Texas and ended, most often, in Dodge City, Kansas. The entire trail extended from southern Texas to the Canadian border. Between 10 and 12 million cattle were driven north from Texas into Dodge City.
At The Old West Festival, The Chisholm Trail Stage is the place to be for period music that will be sure to get you stomping your feet and clapping your hands.
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