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MAR 2017

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5 7 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S Duncan, Oklahoma No one thinks of the Wild West without picturing cowboys, from driving cattle across the prairie to singing songs under the stars. One major component of that culture was the Chisholm Trail, a cattle trail that extended from Texas to Abilene, Kansas. Immortalized by the classic cowboy song "The Old Chisholm Trail," the route served as a passage for millions of longhorn cattle from 1867 to 1885. During that challenging two-month journey, cattle drivers led the herds through rivers, braved prairie storms and fought off cattle thieves. At the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Oklahoma, groups can learn how to rope a longhorn steer, play a game of checkers in the Duncan general store or admire Western and Native American art in the Garis Gallery. There is also a 4-D sensory theater where the audience can experience the rumble of a stampede. This year, the trail will celebrate its 150th anniversary, and numer- ous activities and events have been organized across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in celebration. "Chisholm is a uniquely American piece of history, and the anni- versary really gives us the chance to talk about it," said Stacy Cramer Moore, executive director at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Courtesy NPS By Toni Hopper, courtesy Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Chisholm Trail Heritage Center ' y y y Naturally Made G A

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