Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary

1867 - 2017

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2017 Event Schedule - Delano / Wichita

Near the end of the Civil War, Jesse Chisholm established a trading post at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers.

His trading trail into Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) became known as the Chisholm's Trail. Texans used the route to walk wild Texas Longhorns to the Kansas railheads.

Wichita was founded along the trail and near Chisholm's trading post in 1868. In 1873, the railroad reached Wichita, making it the newest railhead for the Texans. Over the next several years, Wild West legends such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson walked Wichita's streets.

Today, the Old Cowtown Museum is an authentic, 17-acre, open-air living history museum, which recreates city life in Wichita and Sedgwick County from 1865 to 1880. A unique, 13-site Western Heritage Tour is available.

July

July 15, 2017

Prairie Flowers

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
701 N. Amidon
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

July 22-23, 2017

Adventures on the Chisholm Trail

Come Celebrate the Chisholm Trail in its different dimensions. The Chisholm Trail was high way for Texas cattle to Kansas and it also served other purposes. It was a route for frontier military moving between Kansas and Texas. It was also a freighting route used by Jesse Chisholm and others.
Meet descendants of Jesse Chisholm and hear about his life, hear some cowboy music and poetry, see western art, come dressed in your cowboy best and compete for best dressed buckaroo. Learn about native plains culture, talk with the buffalo hunters and learn about frontier military. Kids, come and learn the art of cowboy roping, try some branding, do a little target practice and catch the outlaw of the street. It promises to some great adventures.

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

July 27, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Film Series: Dodge City

As we continue our celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, watch how life on the cattle trail was depicted by Hollywood in four movies. The second movie in our series is the 1939 film Dodge City with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Wade Hatton (Flynn) is a cattle man who arrives in the frontier community of Dodge City which is overrun by footloose cowboys and outlaws. When Hatton helps Dodge City lawmen capture a gang of cattle rustlers, he's asked to help guide a wagon train into town. Back in Dodge, he finds a gang has taken over the city. Appointed the new sheriff, Hatton is determined to clean up the town and put the outlaws out of business. In his rare moments off duty, Hatton tries to win the affections of Abbie Irving (de Havilland) who believes he is responsible for her brother's death. (Runtime: 105 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

 

August

August 5 - 19, 2017

Cowboy Art

Wichita Art Museum
1400 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

August 9, 2017 @ 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Senior Wednesday: Along the Chisholm Trail

The Chisholm Trail is the most famous of cattle trails, and the dangers, blessings, and long lonely days on the trail have been referenced in many western songs. Jeff Davidson, musician and story teller from Eureka, will lead us up the trail by song. Davidson will sing those songs and tell how each relates to the trail. He'll lead us up the trail, turning a stampede, riding herd on a rainy night and eating 10 gallons of dust. It's going to be fun, so Cowboy Up, and hit the trail with us!

Wichita Public Library
223 S. Main
Wichita, Kansas 67202

 

August 10, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Film Series: The Far Country

As we continue our celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, watch how life on the cattle trail was depicted by Hollywood in four movies. The third movie in our series is the 1955 movie The Far Country. This movie stars James Stewart, John McIntire, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Set in the Yukon, Stewart and his friends are driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada, where the boom towns pay top dollar for beef. When they arrive in Skagway, the corrupt sheriff of the town steals the cattle and Stewart and his friends are forced to fight for the herd. Together with the female saloon keeper of another town, they find themselves up against an evil they were not prepared for. (Runtime: 96 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

August 24, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Film Series: Red River

The fourth and final movie in our film series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail is the 1948 film Red River. Based on Borden Chase's novel "The Chisholm Trail", John Wayne portrays Thomas Dunson, a headstrong frontiersman who, with his longtime partner Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan), abandons a westbound wagon train in 1851 to make his future as a rancher in Texas. Dunson informally adopts a young orphan (Mickey Kuhn) and over the next 14 years he builds up one of the largest ranches in the entire state of Texas. The Civil War has taken all money out of the South, so Dunson is unable to sell any beef in Texas and decides to move his large herd to Missouri over 1000 miles away through territory controlled by border gangs and Indians who have picked off what the gangs missed. Dunson is not above killing anyone who challenges his authority on the drive. His son Matthew steps in and takes the herd from Dunson and heads toward Kansas. (Runtime: 133 minutes)

Evergreen Branch Library
2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, Kansas 67204

 

 

September

September 12 - 23, 2017

Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive

Cattle Drive from Pond Creek, Oklahoma to southwest Wichita


Pond Creek, OK to
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September 23, 2017

Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive

The Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive from Pond Creek Oklahoma arrives near Wichita on September 23rd.

Wichita Union Stockyards Event Center
6425 W. MacArthur
Wichita, Kansas 67215

 

 

October

October 6 - 8, 2017

Delano Fall Fair - A Chisholm Trail Celebration

The Delano Fall Fair is a family event where you can step back in time and stroll down the streets of Delano among cowboys and saloon girls, eat a chuckwagon meal and watch the Race of the Amazons. There will be a wide variety of things to interest young and old alike: a Horse Parade, Old-fashion games, Horseless Carriages, an 1880s Baseball game, a civil war encampment, staged entertainment and a variety of foods.

Historic Delano
west of the Arkansas River
Delano, Kansas 67203

 

October - December, 2017

The History of Jesse Chisholm

Items and information from Calvin Chisholm Collection. We will have a photograph from the 1991 Enquist collection of Calvin Chisholm at the memorial with quotes from him and his connection to Jesse. It will be in our atrium free of charge for people to come and view.

Mid-America All Indian Center
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

 

November

October - December, 2017

The History of Jesse Chisholm

Items and information from Calvin Chisholm Collection. We will have a photograph from the 1991 Enquist collection of Calvin Chisholm at the memorial with quotes from him and his connection to Jesse. It will be in our atrium free of charge for people to come and view.

Mid-America All Indian Center
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

 

December

December 7, 2017

A Delano Cowboy Christmas

Historic Delano
west of the Arkansas River
Delano, Kansas 67203

 

October - December, 2017

The History of Jesse Chisholm

Items and information from Calvin Chisholm Collection. We will have a photograph from the 1991 Enquist collection of Calvin Chisholm at the memorial with quotes from him and his connection to Jesse. It will be in our atrium free of charge for people to come and view.

Mid-America All Indian Center
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

December 2 - 3, 2017

Victorian Christmas

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

December 9 - 10, 2017

Victorian Christmas

Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas 67203

 

 

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