Hundreds gather for 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of Oklahomans gathered for the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

The pounding of hooves, covered wagons and western-themed activities were all part of the Chisholm Trail Festival on Saturday.

“It's like so many things; it's just kind of forgotten," said Donna Anderson Mills, who attended the festival. "For a while, it was the older generation that kept it alive. Now, we're stepping into that,”

The Chisholm Trail was used during the post-Civil War era to drive cattle from Texas ranches through Oklahoma, to Kansas railheads.

“I think this is a big part of our history, a big part of what many Oklahomans celebrate because this is a state of agriculture, and wildlife and cattle,” Mills said.

This year, the Chisholm Trail Festival is celebrating 150 years of the famed trail.

“The Chisholm Trail goes right through our ranch out here in Yukon," said Robert Funk, who owns the farm where the event took place. "Many cattle, probably 10,000 cattle were driven across this piece of land."

Funk said the trail near the North Canadian River became very treacherous at times.

“They lost a lot of cowboys, lost a lot of cattle," Funk said. "But, the good part was the fact that, if they got across, the grass was so good that the cattle really gained weight instead of losing weight."

It’s an important piece of history, and events like the festival make sure it’s never forgotten.

“I think it's good to show a little respect to our history,” Mills said.