Historic State Proclamations Exchanged to Celebrate 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail

 A proclamation declaring the historical relevance of the Chisholm Trail to the State of Kansas will be signed in Topeka by Governor Brownback on March 24. Karen Sturm and Jill Kuehny will be attending from Caldwell along with representatives from the other communities involved in the Kansas Chisholm Trail 150 planning committee. On April 29th, the Kansas document will begin its journey in Abilene, Kansas with a horseback rider carrying the paper in his saddlebag, heading south along the old Chisholm Trail. The rider will hand-off to a fresh horse and rider about 20 miles down the trail, continuing through Newton, Wichita, Clearwater, Mayfield, and finally to the state boundary in Caldwell. The Oklahoma proclamation riders will meet the final Kansas rider, Sam Wylie and his mounted police escorts, at the intersection of Main and 1st Streets. The proclamations from each state will be exchanged at 12pm high noon on Saturday, May 6th during Caldwell's Chisholm Trail Festival. Many representatives from Kansas and Oklahoma will be on hand to watch the event. We will have benches and bleachers set up for viewing. The exact hand-off locations during the week-long ride will be announced closer to date. You may want to attend one or many as each will have some fanfare surrounding the exchange at each location! 
     Speaking of locations, April 1st is the official kickoff day for Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to start celebrating the 150th anniversary of the trail. Caldwell, Mayfield, Wellington, and Clearwater have been meeting as the Sumner County CT150th Event committee throughout 2016. We will be celebrating the April 1st kick-off together at the Chisholm Trail marker at the Wellington Lake. Time will be announced soon. Plan on joining in on this festive event!  
Here is your spring calendar of events for Caldwell related events:
*April 1 - Sumner County CT150 Kickoff event @ Wellington Lake. Time TBA
*April 29 - Proclamation Exchange begins journey in Abilene, KS with events all week long at each handoff
*May 4 - The Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial: Driving the American West 1867-2017 will arrive in Caldwell's Opera House and remain on display until June 27.
*May 5 - Caldwell Chisholm Trail Fest begins with 4th Grade Tram Tour, Pub Crawl, and Ghost Tours after dark
*May 6 - Full day of fun activities for all! Gunfights, Wild West Women portrayals, can can girls, Bill O'Neal book signing, art show, craft booths, stagecoach rides, racing, bull riding, calf roping, special guest speakers, Kansas made tasting event, contests, prizes, street dancing, and so much more! See Facebook/Caldwell Chisholm Trail Festival for details!
*May 7 - Cowboy Church with Eldon & Mike Gracy, Quilt Show @ Meth Church, Barn Quilt Tour, Rut & Schoolhouse tours NW of Caldwell
*Sept 12-23 - Oklahoma-Kansas Cattle Drive along the historic Chisholm Trail (Pond Creek to Wichita)
*Sept 16 - Caldwell Cattle Drive Celebration with parade of longhorns on Main Street and cow camp at KanOkla pond. Sons of San Joaquin will perform!
All three states and many communities will have their own celebrations for you to attend as well. Please see www.chisholmtrail150.org for all the details!