150 Candles for the Chisholm Trail
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Written by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism   
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 04:45 PM

Near Dodge City’s historical Front Street, the inscription below a cowboy statue reads, “On the ashes of my campground, this city is built.” The same could be said of Wichita, Abilene, Ellsworth, Waterville, Newton and Caldwell—all raucous Kansas cow towns that took their turn as the final stop of the legendary Chisholm Trail. In 2017, those communities and others celebrate the 150th anniversary of the route along which 5 million longhorns lumbered from Texas to Kansas between 1867 and 1885. The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West exhibition launches its statewide journey January 12–March 7 at the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery in Cottonwood Falls and makes stops in Wichita, Abilene, Caldwell, North Newton and other communities. Abilene also celebrates during its Trails, Rails and Tales event with parades, dances and concerts (September 1–3). While there, check out the pistol Wild Bill Hickok carried when he was marshal on a display at Dickinson County Heritage Center.