Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Oklahoma

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Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Oklahoma© 2009 Steve BootsSculptor Paul Moore's huge bronze commemorates the cattle drivers who traveled one of the Old West's most important trails.

1000 N. Chisholm Trail Pkwy., Duncan, Oklahoma

The trail through the center of the old Indian Territory, from Texas north to Kansas, was named for Jesse Chisholm, a part-Cherokee trader who opened up the famous route after the Civil War. With good grazing and plenty of water along the way, it was ideal for the great herds of Texas longhorns that were driven to a Kansas rail terminal for shipment east. The Chisholm Trail was used for about 20 years, from 1867 until the end of the 1880s, when the railroads reached Texas.

At the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center numerous exhibits explain how cowboys lived. Many of the exhibits are interactive, like the Steer Ropin’ station, which gives kids a chance to practice their lasso skills. A film about the trail and a modern gallery of Western painting and sculpture round out the experience.

Open daily except major holidays.

www.onthechisholmtrail.com

(580) 252-6692