- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The historic Chisholm Trail that helped start the Old West era in Kansas celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/2kjAVih ) reports the trail is named after Jesse Chisolm and was developed by Joseph McCoy, an Illinois livestock trader, in 1867. Chisholm had a trading post in Wichita and often traded with Native American tribes in the region. The trail, where herds of cattle were driven up from Texas to Kansas, brought to life an iconic image Kansas historian Jim Hoy calls the “American folk-type cowboy.”

Special exhibits in area museums, bus tours, presentations and cattle drives held throughout the year in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will celebrate the trail’s legacy.

An exhibit called “Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial: Driving the American West 1867-2017” will travel throughout Kansas museums this year, including the Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

Wichita and Sedgwick County have issued proclamations honoring the trail. According to Sedgwick County 150th Chisholm Trail chairwoman Mary Lou Rivers, the state of Kansas will issue a proclamation later this year.

The Delano Fall Fair in Wichita will honor the trail’s anniversary in October, and the Chisholm Trail will be the theme for this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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