Chisholm Trail Museum605 Zellers Avenue
Kingfisher, OK 73750-4228
Director: Jason Harris
Curator: Taylor Mills
Assistant Curator: Kimberly Ross
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(up to 6 people)
Admission to the A. J. Seay Mansion, located across the street, is included.
Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.
Chisholm Trail Museum
Bridging the Chisholm Trail through Indian Territory
Now on exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Museum is Bridging the Chisholm Trail through Indian Territory. The largest exhibit ever constructed at the museum, it emphasizes the history of the Chisholm Trail as it relates to Indian Territory and present-day north-central Oklahoma. The exhibit was created in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
During museum hours visitors may also tour the Pioneer Village, which includes two log cabins, a one-room schoolhouse, a church, and one of Kingfisher’s first banks. Admission to the Chisholm Trail Museum also includes admission to the A. J. Seay Mansion located just the street.
This property is managed by Chisholm Trail Museum, Inc. For more information, visit the Chisholm Trail Museum’s website at www.ctokmuseum.org.
History of the Chisholm 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.
To learn more about the Chisholm Trail, visit The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.