Chisholm Trail exhibit opens in Newton museum June 28


A new exhibit featuring the historic Chisholm Trail will open June 28 at the Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, 203 N. Main, Newton.

“Up the Beaten Path: Following the Chisholm Trail 1867-1872” features artifacts, photos, stories and reproductions that highlight experiences of the typical cowboy herding Texas longhorns up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene.

The exhibit includes four subthemes: “Marking the Trail,” “The 1870s Cowboy,” “Life on the Trail” and “Cowtown.”

The cattle drives lasted roughly 13 years in Kansas, with the Chisholm Trail running through Harvey County for the first five years of this period. Newton was the primary shipping point for one season in 1871.


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