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Near Enid in Garfield County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Jesse Chisholm

(circa 1805-1868)

Jesse Chisholm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, October 19, 2015
1. Jesse Chisholm Marker
Inscription.  A section of the famed Chisholm Trail (1867-1885), which was used to drive cattle from Texas to the rail heads in Kansas after the Civil War, crosses a portion of Vance AFB near the entrance to the Armed Forces Reserve Center. The trail was named after Jesse Chisholm, a true pioneer of the American West. Born in 1805 to a Scottish father and a Cherokee mother, he was the very embodiment of the collision of two great cultures. A merchant, guide, and interpreter, Chisholm established small trading posts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas from the 1830s to late 1860s. Fluent in fourteen Native American dialects and a natural diplomat, Chisholm served as interpreter for numerous treaty councils in Texas, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and Kansas. While his reputation for fairness and neutrality earned him the nickname of "Peacemaker of the Plains," he is best known as the namesake to the Chisholm Trail, the world's greatest cattle trail (1867-1885). At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Chisholm and a number of Wichita Indians left their homes in South Central Oklahoma and moved near present day downtown Wichita, Kansas. On their return
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to the plains of Indian Territory after the war, their wagons carved out the route which later became known as the Chisholm Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans.
Location. 36° 21.207′ N, 97° 54.064′ W. Marker is near Enid, Oklahoma, in Garfield County. Marker can be reached from Gott Road, 0.7 miles south of West Southgate Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is adjacent to the Vance AFB visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enid OK 73703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States Land Office (approx. 3.1 miles away); Government Springs (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pioneers: Past, Present and Future (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Chisholm Trail (approx. 7.8 miles away); Buffalo Springs (approx. 9.6 miles away); The Missouri Compromise (approx. 10.3 miles away); Run of '89 North Boundary (approx. 13.1 miles away).
Jesse Chisholm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, October 19, 2015
2. Jesse Chisholm Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 8, 2023