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Abilene Explorations
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Ever wonder where the trail ends?

Address: 201 NW Second Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Telephone Number: 785.263.2231

Website: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Email Address: tourism@abilenecityhall.com

About this Exploration:


Come to Abilene and see the end of the Chisholm Trail and where the cowboys spent their time and money. Marker is on the corner of Buckeye and Texas Streets.

Chisholm

The Chisholm Trail was a trail used in the late 19th century to drive cattle  overland from ranches in Texas to Kansas rail heads. The portion of the trail marked by Jesse Chisholm went from his southern trading post near the Red River, to his northern trading post near Kansas City, Kansas. Texas ranchers using the Chisholm Trail started on that route from either the Rio Grande or San Antonio, Texas, and went to the rail head of the Kansas Pacific Railway in Abilene, Kansas, where the cattle would be sold and shipped eastward.


The trail is named for Jesse Chisholm, who had built several trading posts in what is now western Oklahoma before the American Civil War. Immediately after the war, he and the Lenape Black Beaver collected stray Texas cattle and drove them to rail heads over the Chisholm Trail, shipping them back East to feed citizens, where beef commanded much higher prices than in the West.

contact info
Glenda Purkis - Abilene CVB - Director
201 NW Second Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 800.569.5915
Fax: 785.263.4425
 
 
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