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Cowtown Adventures of the Chisholm Trail

This year is the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, the famous route that was used by cowboys in the American old west to drive herds of cattle from Texas, through Oklahoma, and up to Abilene, Newton, and Wichita. Old Cowtown Museum will be sharing adventures from the Trail with visitors and locals in a special two-day event this July.

Cowboys riding through the streets of the Old Cowtown Museum. Photo by Keith Wondra
Photo credit: Keith Wondra. Used by permission.

Adventures of the Chisholm Trail will be held on July 22 and 23, 2017 at the museum. Immerse yourself in the adventure on the historic streets of Old Cowtown and experience the old west firsthand.

Description from the museum’s website
It’s been 150 years already? The Chisholm Trail’s birthday is this year and to celebrate, Cowtown is sharing adventures from the Trail with visitors and locals. Meet descendants of Jesse Chisholm and learn about his life, experience cowboy music, poetry and western art, compete for best dressed cowboy or cowgirl, visit with Ken Weidner about Cheyenne culture, and much more! Activities for the kiddos include the art of cowboy roping, branding, target practice and catching outlaws roaming the streets of Cowtown. Where else can you find an adventure like that?

Activities Include:

  • Cowboy Music
  • Poetry
  • Meet Descendants of Jesse Chisholm
  • Western Art
  • Best Dressed Cowboy or Cowgirl Contest
  • Cowboy Roping
  • Branding
  • Target Practice
  • Catch Outlaws

What a fun filled day! Not only will all of their regular re-enactors be there during this special event, but they’ll have a whole bunch of guest re-enactors too – so lots and lots of opportunities to experience the life of a Wichitan in the days of the Chisholm Trail!

Adventures of the Chisholm Trail is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission will be the regular price, which is $7.75 for adults, both Saturday and Sunday for this special event.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Place: Old Cow Town Museum
Cost: $7.75 adult, $6.50 senior citizens (62+), $6.00 youth (12-17), $5.50 children (4-11), free children under 4 and cowtown members
For more info: Visit Old Cowtown Museum’s website here.

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