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Free Art Monday summer program @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Free Art Monday summer program, June 1 – July 27, 2020. Each Monday, for eight weeks in the summer, families can come and enjoy a free art project under our outdoor portico. This is a[...]

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Chisholm Trail 150



Real Cowboys on the Chisholm Trail: Larkin Patrick Williams

Larkin Patrick Williams (1851-1930)

Larkin Patrick Williams (1851-1930) lived under a cottonwood tree in a dugout during the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive era.

Imagine living in a dugout under a cottonwood tree – for 10 years! Larkin Patrick Williams (1851-1930) did that in the 1860s and his sole job was to see that the Waggoner cattle didn’t slip into the herds of cattle crossing the Red River during the Chisholm Trail drives. Lark, a Texan, worked for the Waggoner Ranch at Doan’s Crossing, according to Doyle W. Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, who shared this story with us in 2015.

Doyle saw our request for the Real Cowboys exhibit in the Daily Ardmoreite. He had already published the story in a family history book, “My Father’s Branch: The Lineage, Lore, and Life of Larkin Eugene Williams.” Larkin was Doyle William’s great uncle on his father’s side.

“Lark” as he was called, was born in… Continue reading

Global journalist Kristi Eaton to visit Duncan’s original National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in July

Kristi Eaton makes friends around the world!

Kristi Eaton makes friends around the world!

Veteran journalist and published author Kristi Eaton has cartwheeled in China, stared down bison in South Dakota and was lost in Samoa. That’s how she grabs your attention – with tidbits of adventure.
Described by international organizations as a “global journalist” Eaton will be the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s featured author at Duncan’s original National Day of the Cowboy Celebration on Saturday, July 27.
Kristi Eaton with her book, The Main Streets of Oklahoma” will be at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Eaton’s first book, “The Main Streets of Oklahoma: Okie Stories from every County” published in 2014, was only possible by visiting at least one Main Street in each county in the state – including Duncan.
The idea resulted from her childhood – of weekend trips out of Tulsa with her parents to a small community… Continue reading

Musings from Cowboy Country

Author George Rhoades newest book, “Musings from Cowboy Country” is more than just a poetry book

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Award winning author George Rhoades enjoying an evening of cowboy poetry at the Heritage Center in 2017. George also did a reading during the event from his book, “Along the Chisholm Trail” which is available in our gift shop and online gift shop, along with his other books.

George Rhoades has been writing professionally for a long time – yes, a really long time. With “Musings from Cowboy Country” – his third poetry book, Rhoades’ pens reflections that are more than just random thoughts.

Reading his newest book is like peeking into the journal of someone who has more stories to share than there are days to write them. Imbued with humor, some serious contemplations, Rhoades, already a seasoned award-winning writer, continues to produce work worth mentioning.

A favorite is “May of 1945” and… Continue reading

‘Real Cowboys on the Chisholm Trail’ exhibit retires

‘Real Cowboys’ exhibit retires

May 17, 2019

In January 2015, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center generated a call requesting stories and photos of “Real Cowboys on the Chisholm Trail.” That exhibit was scheduled to close at the end of 2018, but many visitors enjoyed reading the stories and looking at the photos. We finally retired the exhibit May 16, 2019, but, those stories and images will be permanently exhibited through our blog here on the website.

An advantage is we can now share the full stories that were edited for the physical display because of space. Edited versions of the stories and photos were displayed on the wall outside the Campfire Theater.

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In this undated black and white photograph (maybe 1950s), Bobby Wayne Brower of Duncan, Oklahoma, is seen calf roping at a rodeo.

Real Cowboys came about when Don Brower visited us to share his story about his father,… Continue reading

Local photographer shares visual story of cowboy poet Jay Snider

April 2019  – We are seeking regional artists to continue this special spotlight.

Local photographer shares visual story of cowboy poet Jay Snider

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DUNCAN, Okla. – Rancher and cowboy poet Jay Snider is featured in a trio of photographs on display until April 30 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in its Garis Gallery of the American West, in Duncan. The spotlight display opened in early March.

Images are by Stephens County photographer, Dee Dodson, who has embraced the cowboy way of life, capturing the personalities of ranchers, cowboy poets and rodeo competitors of all ages.

“Born and raised in Oklahoma, normal everyday life never interested me. I was always drawn to the cowboy way of life and all the work and pride it entails,” Dodson said.

Whether she’s shooting rodeo action, or getting to know her subjects by photographing them in their daily chores or activities, Dodson said… Continue reading