Chisholm Trail celebrates 150 years

Fort Worth is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail this week.

Tarrant County Historical Commission chair Steve Myers joined Good Day live from Sundance Square to talk about the trail’s history and the anniversary celebration.

The Chisholm Trail was the route cowboys used after the Civil War to drive cattle in Texas to Kansas railheads. Fort Worth was the last stop on the trail.

Between 1867 and 1885, there were more than 6 million longhorn and 23,000 cowboys that made the trip up the trail to Kansas and then to the meat packing plants back east, Myers said.

“You need to come to Fort Worth to get the feel of the Old West and experience what the cowboys experienced when they went through this area,” he said.

The celebration kicks off Wednesday. Several museums in Downtown Fort Worth will have displays that highlight the history of the trail and there will be cattle drive reenactments twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.