Road Trip: The Chisholm Trail

If you’re planning on an RV road trip through Oklahoma in the coming weeks or months (or even if you’re here already and looking for somewhere to go!), you should definitely consider following the path of the old Chisholm Trail.

Located along the length of what is now US 81, the Chisholm Trail is an iconic cattle drive trail used more than a century ago during the historic cattle drives that fueled the western cattle industry. The trail served Texan ranchers as they drove their cattle stock up north to buyers. The route today passes through historic towns with both charm and culture.

Starting in Duncan, you can check out the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, which will introduce you to Jesse Chisholm, who was the trail’s namesake. There’s even a life-size diorama of cowboys and longhorns that replicates the terrain of the old trail, which visitors are welcome to enter for an up close view of what it would have looked and felt like. Other interactive exhibits include trying your hand at lassoing or riding a (mechanical) bucking bronco.

Move on to Marlow afterwards to learn something about outlaws and cattle rustlers along the Chisholm Trail. Marlow is actually named for the Marlow brothers, an unfortunate tale of brothers who were wrongly convicted of cattle rustling. The Marlow Area Museum includes artifacts from the Marlow family and the trial. The museum even displays the original tombstones for Alfred, Boone, and Lewellyn Marlow.

Other stops can include Yukon, Kingsfisher, and Enid, each of which has a special connection to the Chisholm Trail.

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