Chisholm Trail Commemorative Ceremony
November 2003, Wichita, Kansas
The Kansas Cattle Town Coalition and the Western Music Association held the Chisholm Trail Commemorative Ceremony November 15, 2003, at the Wichita Century II Exposition Hall. The ceremony was hosted at the 15th Annual Western Music Association Festival and Awards.
The event celebrated the success of marking the historic Chisholm Trail through Kansas. With the assistance of almost 100 volunteers, a total of 121 white marker posts, embossed with the words Chisholm Trail, were set from the Kansas-Oklahoma Border to Abilene, Kansas. The markers were set at points in the rural area where it crosses a Section Line. With the completion of the project in Kansas, the trail is permanently marked from the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border to the trail's end in Kansas. Bob Klemme marked the Chisholm Trail through the entire State of Oklahoma, and completed that phase of the project in 1997.
The Kansas project was started in January 2001 and completed in October 2003. All the material and labor in making the marker posts was donated by R. Con Construction of Wichita, Kansas, a subsidiary of Richie-Allen, Inc. Placement of the marker posts on the trail was provided with volunteer support from the following Boy Scout Troops: Troop 626, Rose Hill, KS; Troop 522, Wichita, KS; Troop 898, Clearwater, KS, and Troop 123, Newton, Ks. Four boys, Kevin White, Wade Scribner, Tim Good, and Layton Lupton used the Trail Marking project to satisfy their Eagle Scouts. Volunteer support was also provided by Karen Sturm, Caldwell, KS, Roy Clark and Jacke Eckel, Clearwater, KS and Larry Buller, Gossell, KS. These volunteers provided key support to Sumner, Harvey, and Marion Counties. The Cole family, Mark and Justin, from Derby, Ks. Provided support for every post set in Sedgwick County.
The Chisholm Trail in Kansas generally follows a true north route through or near the following communities in Central Kansas: Caldwell, Clearwater, Wichita, Newton, Goessel, Lehigh and Abilene, Kansas. The initial leg of the Chisholm Trail, attributed to Jesse Chisholm, began from the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas Rivers and ran to his southern Trading Post southwest of present day Oklahoma City.
Sponsored by the
Kansas Cattle Town Coalition (www.kansascattletowns.org)
Abilene, Caldwell, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Newton & Wichita