Bowie celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

Bowie celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

It was a sight not seen in Texoma since the Old West as Bowie celebrated the 150th anniversary of the historic Chisholm Trail. Several Texomans saddled up for the cattle drive, with 30 longhorns, and a wagon trail on Saturday.

The Chisholm trail was used to drive cattle from Texas to Kansas during the Post-Civil War era and one of the last Texas stops was the Red River Station.

"The drovers would actually go along the gorges and find it," Bit Pruitt Chisholm trail boss said. "It wasn't a straight path to it so they had to really know what they were doing."

The cattle drive went smooth for the most part.

"We had a little excitement earlier today," Pruitt said. "Believe it or not, the cattle actually ran off this morning. We had a little stampede chasing them for about a mile."

Several Texomans came out to watch the cattle drive ride by their home despite the chilly weather.

"This is a one in 150 years that's it's been done," Michael Daily Advanced Rehab and Healthcare of Bowie administrator said. "I probably won't be around for the next 150 years so the hospital residents wanted to see the longhorns go down Main Street."

The residents were so excited to see the longhorns make their way to the Chisholm trail they were up at the crack of dawn.

"We got here at 7:30 a.m. this morning," Daily said.

Other event-goers brought their family to learn some US History outside of school.

"This is what made us all who we are and if it wasn't for the Old West culture we wouldn't have any of this," Clarence Homer said. "We wouldn't have America as we know it."

The cattle drive and wagon trail ended at 4 p.m. at the same location they started at Pelham Park.

Event-goers also enjoyed a dinner at 6 p.m. and a concert with dancing with a performance by Jake Hooker & The Outsiders at 8 p.m.

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