Scenic USA - Kansas

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Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown Museum

Photos by Cliff Hamilton
Cliff's Old Cowtown Museum Gallery

     Credited with saving Texas from economic ruin, the 1200 mile Chisholm Trail stretched across the prairie from Brownsville, Texas, to Abilene, Kansas. Named for Jesse Chisholm, the famed trail came about during the Civil War when Texas was cut off from northeastern cattle markets. It didn’t take long before the Texas prairie was overrun with more than five million head of cattle. Beginning in 1867, huge herds were pushed along the Chisholm Trail into Oklahoma Territory, where the grass and water were free. Lingering for more than a month in Oklahoma, the cattle would gain weight before the final drive to the Kansas rails.
Old Cowtown Stagecoach      Located nearby the Chisholm Trail, the Old Cow Town Museum in Wichita invites its guests back to the sights and sounds of a thriving 1870s community. Period artifacts allow a firsthand look into the workings of a blacksmith shop, and a glimpse of the residence of the town’s founding father, Darius Munger. Be prepared to take cover into the nearest doorway at the first sound of gunfire from the street.
     Hungry? Put on the feed bag at the Diamond W Chuckwagon Supper. Here, you can sit back to a good old fashioned bar-b-que and entertained by the Diamond W Wranglers. This open air living history museum blends Kansas history with authentic buildings and costumed performers for an all-American frontier experience.



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