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“A trip through our western past - Cattle Drives, Texas Longhorns......”

The Chisholm Trail Museum
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Cleburne
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

If you are like our family, you may not know much about the old cattle drives in the mid to late 1800's. This is the perfect place to learn about the famous cattle drives and the impact they had on our western culture.

The Chisholm Trail museum is the home of Wardville, the first county seat of Johnson County, TX. They have done a wonderful job in preserving the rich western culture that Texas is famous for. The Chisholm trail was used by cattlemen to transport their cattle to through north Texas on up into Kansas.

It is free to walk through. Our family really enjoyed the numerous exhibits that have been restored. They have a Stage Station/ Saloon representing the stage line that ran out of Cleburne and the seventeen saloons in this area during the hay day of the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drives. There was a jail in Wardville in 1855 and they have the jail doors from the original jail. Their exhibits also include a recently added one room school and a Gunsmith Shop.

Also, if you enjoy events portraying the old west, then you will probably enjoy the Chisholm Trail Pioneer Days; an event that typically happens the Friday & Saturday before Thanksgiving in November each year. They have everything you would want and expect, Longhorns, gunfights, Civil War Reenactment camp, food vendors, music, etc.

Summary - our family really enjoys stopping here and revisiting our western past. We would recommend if you like the old west, to stop here and visit.

Date of experience: October 2011
7  Thank Jimmy S
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