EVENT IN ABILENE KICKS OFF A YEAR OF
CHISHOLM TRAIL FESTIVITIES

     Abilene is launching a year-long celebration leading up to the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail in 2017. “Trails, Rails and Tales,” September 2-4, 2016, will open the festivities by honoring Joseph McCoy, the Illinois cattle buyer who was instrumental in extending the trail from Wichita to Abilene. Within a few short months of his arrival, Abilene was transformed from a quiet whistle stop on the railroad to a bustling Cowtown filled with drovers, cowboy legends, influential ranchers and tourists wanting to catch a glimpse of Wild Bill Hickock or Jesse James.
     One of the highlights of the Labor Day weekend event will be a Longhorn drive through the streets of Abilene. The drive will end with the herd being loaded on train cars. Other events for the weekend will include a parade, concert by Red Steagall, western melodrama, cowboy poetry and a chuckwagon breakfast.
     A detailed schedule and further information are available at the Trails, Rails and Tales Facebook page
, by clicking here or by calling (785) 263-2231.

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