Caldwell Hosts Dual Celebrations With Cattle Drive

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, September 5, 2011

"It's a very special occasion for the city of Caldwell and the state," said Jim Powell, Caldwell resident.

Nearly 2,000 people visited Caldwell during the Labor Day weekend dual celebrations. This year marks the 140th anniversary of city of Caldwell and the 150th anniversary of Kansas.

"One of the things that made this state as great as it is because of the great cattle drives. It makes us feel really good that people are still interested in that part of the history," said Karen Sturm, chairperson of the Cattle Drive committee.

Modern day cowboys trailed 400 head of Texas Longhorn cattle through downtown Caldwell this morning. The cattle is on a three-week trail that follows the old Cox Cattle Trail to the Kansas Pacific Railhead at Ellsworth. They will make stops in Kingman and Ellinwood.

"This is the first time I've seen it and the cowboys were just great. We're avid horse people. It takes a lot of experience to bring animals like that through," said Sheri Eckermann, Caldwell resident.

Spectators also participated in the festivities. Several groups dressed up in clothes from the 1800's to help people relive that time period.

"You get that feeling of what you would've seen 150 years ago. People dress like both of us and like the cowboys you see around town right now. The cattle coming through, that's historic," said Karen Bradley, who wore a town woman dress and traveled from Alma.

You can learn more about the Kansas Cattle Drive 2011, by clicking here.

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