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Chisholm Trail Museum

605 Zellers Avenue
Kingfisher, OK 73750-4228
405-375-5176
chisholmtrail@okhistory.org
Director: Adam Lynn
Hours
Tuesday–Saturday10 am to 5 pm
Admission
Adults$4.00
Children (6-18)$2.00
Children (under 5)Free
*This charge includes the Governor Seay Mansion

Chisholm Trail Sign

Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.

Chisholm Trail Museum

Kingfisher College: Ivy League School on the Prairie

The Chisholm Trail Museum is proud to announce a new exhibit focusing on the illustrious history of a small but influential college. Kingfisher College was established in 1895 in the small prairie town of Kingfisher, Oklahoma Territory, population 4,000. Through artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and narratives the exhibit reveals the story of how the small college on a hill would perpetuate excellence of the highest standards, taking its place among the ranks of fellow institutions also founded by the Congregational Church such as Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. Although Kingfisher College only existed in Kingfisher for 28 years and had 117 graduates, the school's standards for excellence were second to none. Those standards were illuminated as the small group of graduates utilized their education and contributed their hard-earned expertise towards important achievements in the twentieth century.

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.