Hometown Pride Tour: The Chisholm Trail and Bowie

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BOWIE, TX (KAUZ) - The Newschannel 6 Hometown Pride Tour continues as we take a look at the history of Bowie and the Chisholm Trail. 
The town is celebrating the trails' 150th anniversary this weekend.

From 1867 to 1884 the Chisholm Trail ran from southern Texas up to Kansas and served as a route for cattle to get to the railroad. 
Bowie was not incorporated until the final years of the trail. As history would have it, the constant passing through of livestock and cowboys led to developing what would be Bowie, Texas.

The Chisholm Trail ran through what is now Bowie on its way to the Red River crossing. The trail started around San Antonio and tracked north through Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and eventually Bowie.

"Between the Bowie knife and the Chisholm Trail, there's a lot of historical activity through here and we're trying to depict that," Van Baize, Branch President at Wellington State Bank said.

There are two markers in Bowie showcasing where the trail was located in Pelham Park right by the Welcome to Bowie sign on U.S. 81.The next marker is in northern Bowie at Meyers Park.

This weekend Bowie is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with a weekend full of events. It all kicks off Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. with a Wine Sip and Stroll through downtown. 
There will also be 20-30 longhorn cattle making their way through Bowie.

"We're going to bring them right up through town. Well, that just kind of commemorates the whole thing because it was the longhorn cattle mostly that was driven from southern Texas up to Kansas," Diane Thomlinson, Executive Director of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce said.

Events will last through the evening with food, games and a mock gun fight straight from the 1800s. On Saturday, the fun will wrap with up a concert featuring Jake Hooker and the Outsiders.

"We're trying to make it as 'period correct' as we can even though we're in the 21st century. We're just going to take a step back in time," Thomlinson said.

For a complete schedule of events click here.

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