In 2017, a tristate effort to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail provided an opportunity to highlight Texas’ Chisholm Trail resources. The THC commissioned the production of a new mobile tour that focuses on the folklore and legacy of the Chisholm Trail in Texas. The mobile tour brings Texas’ Chisholm Trail resources together and offers new stories and interpretation for the heritage traveler.
The following subject matter experts worked with THC staff to identify and select which sites and stories of people and events to include in the tour:
- Douglas Harman, Tarrant County Historical Commission, Harman Consulting
- David Murrah, Author and historian
- Steve Myers, Tarrant County Historical Commission Chair, Tri-State 150th
- Robert Oliver, Chairman, The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum
- Byron Price, Author and Director of the Charles Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma
- Bruce Shackelford, Author and South Texas Heritage Curator, Witte Museum
The identified stories are now told in the Chisholm Trail mobile tour through rich text entries, photo galleries, dramatic audio tracks, and documentary style videos.
For example, an account of Peter Preston Ackley’s efforts to mark the route of the Chisholm Trail in Texas is recounted in an audio track embedded in the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum site page, and adds interpretation of Ackley’s efforts to those stories already told at the museum.Listen to the audio track here:
Our subject matter experts also pointed out the lack of popular understanding of the foundational role Hispanic cowboys – known as vaqueros — played in the establishment of the Texas ranching industry.To bring this heritage to life for the traveler, IBC Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez and The Vaqueros of South Texas — a prominent South Texas cultural organization of working vaqueros — collaborated with our app development team to produce the following video exploring vaquero heritage and its lasting legacy in Texas.This video is included in the mobile tour — along with many other short videos — and was circulated on social media to tremendous success:
The Chisholm Trail mobile tour is now available for use with a web browser, or it may be downloaded as a part of our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play.To learn more about the mobile app and to view all our tour content online, visit: http://www.texashistoryapp.com