Mayborn Museum Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

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    Chisholm Trail 150th anniversary, courtesy photo
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    Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village, courtesy photo
March 14, 2017

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WACO, Texas (March 14, 2017) – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. From 1867 to 1884, millions of herds of cattle traveled the route in the largest man-made migration of animals in history. Museums and historical centers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are having events honoring the anniversary of the last trail of its kind and the end of the old cowboy lifestyle.

The Mayborn Museum Complex is offering events throughout the year in commemoration of the Chisholm Trail including:

• March 16, 2017 – “Tales & Trails on the Brazos.” In the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village, guests can enjoy an interactive trick roper performance, live music and many more activities and demonstrations representing life on the trail.

• March 17, 2017 – “The Wired, Wired West: How Barbed Wire Ended the Chisholm Trail.” The lecture is presented by Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Institute of Oral History at Baylor University, and is part of a lecture series on the Chisholm Trail that will take place at the Mayborn Museum throughout the year.

“We are excited to be a part of a celebration more than a century in the making that includes many different historical venues and institutions across the region,” said Charles Walter, director of Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex.

Regular admission, which includes all activities and special exhibits throughout the year, is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for children. All events and activities throughout the year that are connected to the anniversary are free to Museum members and Baylor students.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Rebecca Tucker Nall, assistant director of exhibits, communication and visitor services at (254) 723-3518 or or visit the Mayborn Museum website.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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Located on the Baylor University campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas, including one on the Waco Mammoth Site, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology and natural history. In addition, two floors of hands-on discovery rooms encourage learning for all ages. Visit the museum online at

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