WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – There was a little bit of history running through the streets Saturday for the final leg of the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive.
The historic event was a recreation of the original Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive which started in the 1860’s. The cattle drive began in Pond Creek, Okla. and pays homage to the trail. For those who participated in the recreation, it was a way to step back in time.
Trail boss Carmen Schultz explains how cattle brought commerce to Kansas from Texas.
“I have really good cowboys with good horses, the cattle were in good shape to begin with and they’re in better shape now. We had good grass, they gained weight as they came along,” Schultz explained.
The conclusion of the cattle drive meant a celebration for all. Cowboy performers came to the future home of the Wichita Union stockyards.
“Oh because it gives us a chance to go back in time and see some of the things that happened,” explained Red Steagall.
Steagall is a cowboy who is also a singer, songwriter and poet.
“Course we don’t know what motivated those people to stay on the trail all that time, and live through those hardships, we don’t have to imagine it because we don’t have to do it, but it was a way of life for the family.”
Steagall will perform with his band later in the evening as part of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive.