"The REAL Life of the Cowboy Cattle Drive" Kansas Things to Do Tip by RoscoeGregg

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If you watch movies you tend to think that the golden age of the cowboy took place in Montana or Colorado. In reality it was in much of central Kansas.

The most famous of all Cattle Trails crossed through and terminated in Kansas. The wild cowboys burning up their pay in saloons and houses of ill repute took place in Abilene.

As you travel through Kansas you have the chance to see and experience the landscape that formed these men into the American Icon that they became.

Many towns have monuments and small museums. But the real thing to focus on here is the overall feeling of the prairie and the wide open places. I highly recommend at least one night sleeping on the ground outside. At some points you can see ruts in the trail from the actual drives over 130 years ago.

If you really love the cowboys I recommend visiting a ranch for a day or two riding a horse. See my tip on ranches to visit.

Directions: It is easiest to start at the end in Abilene and travel down the trail toward Texas
Website: http://www.thechisholmtrail.com/

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  • Written Sep 18, 2011
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