Chisholm Trail Museum605 Zellers Avenue
Kingfisher, OK 73750-4228
Director: Adam Lynn
|Tue - Sat||10am to 5pm|
|Children (under 5)||Free|
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Chisholm Trail Museum
New Exhibit Celebrates TG&Y 80th Anniversary
The Chisholm Trail Museum is proud to announce a special exhibit, entitled "TG&Y is Still Alive: The 80th Anniversary Exhibit," celebrating the 80th anniversary of the opening of the first TG&Y store. The exhibit will be open to the public through September 2016.
In early March 1936 three enterprising men, R. E. Tomlinson, E. L. Gosselin and Raymond Young merged their money and resources to co-own and open the first TG&Y store on Main Street in downtown Norman, Oklahoma. Little did these small five-and-dime store owners from central and western Oklahoma know that the opening of this store would lead to one of the largest retail chain store successes in the nation by the 1970s, boasting more than 900 stores and more than $2 billion in retail profit at its peak. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of the first TG&Y store and the Chisholm Trail Museum will celebrate and honor this very special anniversary by displaying the history, culture and spirit of TG&Y through a temporary exhibit focusing on its former owners, employees and avid shoppers.
The museum's initial exhibit on the store, entitled "TG&Y: An Original Oklahoma Icon," started fairly small and focused on Raymond A. Young, who opened his first five-and-dime store in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. However, when news spread about the exhibit, countless former TG&Y employees and enthusiasts came from across Oklahoma and surrounding states to remember the history of TG&Y and what it meant to them. It was through these visitors that the museum acquired numerous donations of TG&Y merchandise, pins, pamphlets, magazines and oral histories. With that in mind, the museum will utilize these very generous donations and memories in the upcoming exhibit. The exhibit will include more than 80 store pamphlets from the 1960s through the 1980s including individual photographs and stories about hard-working employees from their time spent working at various TG&Y stores across Oklahoma and the nation. Photocopies of the original pamphlets will be available to any former employee who wishes to take a piece of history home from the exhibit. Binders with original store opening newspaper clippings from around the state of Oklahoma also will be available to view, in addition to numerous TG&Y related artifacts such as TG&Y branded televisions, toy trucks, pins, jackets, glasses, pencils and countless other pieces of merchandise previously sold at TG&Y stores.
The grand opening of the exhibit will coincide with the TG&Y reunion group's annual visit to the Chisholm Trail Museum on June 25 at 1 p.m. The exhibit unveiling will be open to the public, and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the exhibit and talk with numerous former TG&Y employees about the history of TG&Y.
About the Chisolm Trail
Once the greatest cattle trail in the world, the Chisholm Trail served to get Texas cattle north to the Kansas railheads from which they were shipped to the other parts of the country. The main stem of the Chisholm Trail ran along what is now US 81. Cattle were first moved over the trail in 1867. In the ten years from 1867 to 1877, more than three million head of cattle passed through Oklahoma to Kansas.
The trail blazed was named after Jesse Chisholm, a mixed-blood Cherokee guide and trader. Chisholm had moved trade goods over a part of the route and travelers began referring to it as Chisholm's Trail.
In Kingfisher County all three parts of the trail can be seen. The Chisholm Trail Museum is located directly on this famous trail. This property is managed by Chisholm Trail Museum, Inc.
To learn more about the Chisholm Trail, visit the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture.