Modern day cattle drive commemorates 150 years of the Chisholm Trail

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Cowboys and Cowgirls took to the streets of Clearwater, Kansas, herding around 40 cattle along the historic and now 150-year-old Chisholm Trail.

The group started in Pond Creek, Oklahoma on September 12, 2017 and plan on ending their trip on Saturday in Wichita.

“The goal of everything out here is to educate, commemorate and celebrate the Chisholm Trail,” said Carmen Schultz, one of the several people helping herd the cattle along the trail.

The Chisholm Trail was an important route to herd cattle from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas to Abilene, Kansas where they would be shipped by train to larger cities.

“It brought commerce to these states, these cattle were brought up from Texas all the way to Abilene, then shipped out on rail from New York to Chicago,” Shultz said. “They don’t study this much in history anymore, so we are trying to get the word out of what this meant for all these three states and this area.”

The group is currently stationed at the Clearwater Saddle Club Arena at 9138 South 160th Street West; they are not moving the cattle, but setting up for the evening and invite people out to interact with the cowboys and cowgirls between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The cattle drive will continue Saturday morning around 7:00 a.m. when the cattle will be herd to 6425 West MacArthur to the Wichita Union Stockyards in Wichita. 

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