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Kingfisher in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

The Chisholm Trail

The Chisholm Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 4, 2021
1. The Chisholm Trail Marker

This trade route from southern Texas to Kansas was used to drive an estimated five million head of cattle north to the raiheads in Abilene, Kansas from 1867 to 1884.

Named for a man of Scottish-Cherokee descent who built several trading posts in what is now western Oklahoma, Jesse Chisholm wasn't a cattleman at all. He was a trader, guide and interpreter, who spoke over 14 Native American dialects, possessed a natural instinct for direction, and died without ever knowing that the famous trail was named after him.

From astride his horse, Chisholm directs his reflective gaze towards the Kingfisher portion of the Trail, offering a traditional peace pipe, symbolizing his role as "Ambassador of the Plains."

Oklahoma '07 Centennial
Historic Kingfisher Trails
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 35° 51.669′ N, 97° 55.945′ W. Marker is in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, in Kingfisher County. Marker
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is at the intersection of State Highway 33 and U.S. 81, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 33. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingfisher OK 73750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historical Society Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Kingfisher (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kingfisher Stage Station (approx. half a mile away); Kingfisher College (approx. 1˝ miles away); Run of '92 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Run of '89 West Boundary (approx. 1˝ miles away); Big Four School (approx. 7˝ miles away).
Statue of Jesse Chisholm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 4, 2021
2. Statue of Jesse Chisholm
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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