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all-day A Texas State of Mind – art of L... @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West
A Texas State of Mind – art of L... @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West
Jul 4 – Sep 22 all-day
A Texas State of Mind - art of Larry G. Lemons @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West
A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, exhibit will open July 4 – Sept. 22, 2019, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. A meet[...]

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Chisholm Trail 150



“On the Chisholm Trail” Bronze

Thomas H. McCasland Jr., Oklahoma oilman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and family man, wanted to boost the community of Duncan, and honor the memory of his father and the pioneers of Stephens County. Tom chose Paul Moore, resident sculptor at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, to create the larger-than-life monument, “On the Chisholm Trail” that now stands in front of the Heritage Center. Read More…

Garis Gallery of the American West

Proudly described as one of the largest collections of western and Native American art in the West, the Garis Gallery of the American West has been delighting – and surprising guests for 14 years. It opened in July 2005, and in early 2019, it was restaged with its art and new signage featuring the stories of the artists and art. Now select pieces of art will be rotated, changed for exhibition and seasonal purposes. Popular works of acclaimed western artists like Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, George Catlin, Allan Houser, Albert Bierstadt, and others will remain on display year-round. The Garis Gallery is home to several master original works only available to be seen at our gallery. Regional and local favorites complete the collection and are sure to inspire you to learn more about these impressive lesser-known artists. Read More…

experience-theater T.H. McCasland, Jr. Experience Theater

Giddy-Up and Yee Haw! Experience the closest thing to a real stampede you would ever want to be a part of, right in the comfort of your theater chair. From the smells of the prairie to the final hoof beats, you are sure to enjoy this unique “experience.”

Campfire Theater

Cowboys and Indians and Robots, oh my! Not your average dusty ol’ museum. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s animatronic theater features a weather-worn Jesse Chisholm – talkin’ trail history and future with first-time cowpoke, Tex.

Interactive Area

Toss a rope around a Longhorn steer; ride a bucking bronco; create your own brand or sit a spell and soak it all in. We have to apologize in advance for our very rude chuck wagon. Manners!

Duncan Store

Gather eggs from the chicken coop, but be careful, our shop keeper has an “eye-on-those-crackers!” A reproduction of the original structure built by Scotsman William Duncan in 1892, just east of what is present-day Duncan. The actual site can be viewed off current day Chestnut Street.

Ecosystem of the Trail

Taxidermy representations of the great and small animals that cowboys and settlers would have seen during the reconstruction and Chisholm Trail periods are the highlight of this entry exhibit. While some animals are still common, like the wonderfully playful prairie dog, some are not as common. In the past three years, we’ve added a black bear and a few other surprises. A touch-and-hear kiosk is available with animal sounds and touchable pelts. We’re sorry, we still can’t answer the question, “What does the fox say?”

Folks on the Trail

The history of the Chisholm Trail and southern Oklahoma is a tapestry of converging cultures in post Civil War America. Not yet a State in the Union, Oklahoma Territory, and Indian Territory offered unique freedoms other parts of the country did not. These opportunities led many frontiersmen and women to discover Oklahoma. Native American tribes were relocated to Oklahoma throughout the mid-1800s. At times, completely different cultures which had not lived in proximity were now neighbors. In other circumstances, old rivalries and affiliations reemerged in the new lands. One of the most heroic Calvary Regiments, the 10th with its band of Buffalo Soldiers was stationed at Ft. Sill to build the new fort and enforce the peace. The troops could be seen in the distance running drills or trading with the cattle companies coming up from Texas. Frontier towns sprung up along the trail. While the young men could certainly be rowdy, their money spent pretty dern well. The balance between being an emerging family community and a place for the cowboys to drop their gold was a difficult one to manage.