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14th Annual Pioneer Days
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
14th Annual Pioneer Days**Free Event** November 17th, 18th, 2017 8am to 6pm each day Come and experience life in 1854.... More
Directions to our location!
02/22/20
GPS: N32* 19.379' W097* 26.947' Please remember:***We are on the west bank of Lake Pat Cleburne right along Hwy 67 just one mile west of Texas Health Hospital!*** 101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne, 76033. We are right along Hwy 67 outside of town. HOURS: Jan 1 to Feb 28-WINTER HOURS Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm. Mar 1.... Read More
2017 Winter/Regular Hours
01/03/17
2017 Winter Hours January through February: Saturdays and Sundays only. Saturdays 10am-5pm Sundays 1pm-5pm. *********************************** 2017 Regular Hours March through December: Thur/Fri/Sat from 10am to 5pm Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.... Read More
2015 Original Poco Bueno Saddle Found at CTOM!
04/29/16
Let me tell you a story about my first time at Chisholm Trail Museum in Cleburne, Texas. Don Decker called and ask me if I would meet him at the Museum to drop off some of my Books I wrote; No Shortcuts To Glory, so I headed out. Well when I got there Don was hanging around the Jail talking,.... Read More
2016 Official Address for CTOM!
02/22/16
IT'S OFFICIAL! We have been directed by the City of Cleburne to use our original address of 101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne, Texas 76033! We are now in the process of changing all paperwork and Internet sites. So far, Google Maps has been the most accurate map service. Please advise any new visitors to use Google Maps! Thank you and come.... Read More
2016--A History Lesson From RR Tracks
02/07/16
HISTORY LESSON Railroad tracks. This is fascinating. The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Well, because that's the way they built them in England , and English engineers designed the first US railroads. Why did the English build them like that? Because the.... Read More
Johnson County Co-Chair Historians Named
02/06/16
Mollie Mims and Randolph Garner have been officially named Johnson County Co-Chair Historians! Mollie Gallop Bradbury Mims loves to promote local history and currently volunteers for the Layland Museum as an historical researcher. She hosts the Facebook group, Cleburne-Past and Present. Randolph Garner is the local historian at CTOM, retired school superintendent and school master at the Nolan River School..... Read More
2016 Winter Hours for January and February
01/01/16
2016 Winter Hours for January and February: (Both the CTOM and the Big Bear Museum) Saturdays from 10am to 5pm Sundays from 1pm to 5pm **Weather permitting** Docents on other days available through booked tours. Call 817 648 4633 or 817 996 3251.... Read More
2015 Holiday Closures for December
12/12/15
Holiday Closures: We will be closed Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th and Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th. We will also be closed New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31 and New Year's Day, Friday, January 1st..... Read More
Big Bear Native American Museum Now Open
12/01/15
The Big Bear Native American Museum opened November 15, 2014 featuring a collection of Native American artifacts donated by Leonard “Big Bear” Beal. Additional artifacts supplement his collection to provide a complete overview of Native Americans in North America from their arrival over 13,000 years ago to the present. Displays feature a wide variety of artifacts including not only projectile.... Read More
2015 Pioneer Days
11/24/15
Our largest event in our history, the 12th Annual Pioneer Days was a huge success! We had 1325 students on 21 school buses on Friday plus all the families on Saturday. Be sure to check our photos in the Photo Gallery!.... Read More
2015 Buffalo Naming Day
10/11/15
Come and join us on October 31st at 10:30am for the Buffalo Naming Day! Contest winners, food, stories, games, fun! Have you been inside the Big Bear Museum yet? Just $2 will get you in on this special day!.... Read More
2015 Fall Museum School
10/01/15
Come out and join us every Saturday in October for Fall Museum School! Please see the attached flyer for schedule and classes!.... Read More
2015 Julie Lee Western Art Exhibit and Sale
09/12/15
Sept 12 and 13--International/Western artist Julie Lee will host a Western Art Exhibit and Sale at the Big Bear Native American Museum on the grounds of the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum. Regular site hours. Call her at 817 487 2478 for details..... Read More
2015 New Promo Video
09/03/15
We are excited about our new promo video! Thank you David Pollock! https://youtu.be/IWDEHshpb9I You may need to cut & paste....... Read More
2015 Happy Birthday, Ralph Dean
08/04/15
RD Ralph Dean’s 65th Birthday August 4, 2015 When we go to Bass Hall and we see my dad’s name forever on the wall, it gives me a rich memory and feeling like no other. So, here’s your brand, forever on Chisholm Trail, where your imagination always goes to clay red cattle and a life that’s open and free. My.... Read More
2015 July-Community Clean Up Day
07/11/15
Six volunteers braved the heat and repainted 31 of the 66 silhouette cattle 'along the Chisholm Trail.' This job needs to be done every five years or so. We made a good dent and will complete the rest of the herd soon. Come and volunteer once a month if you can. Tasks for all ages/skill levels. We have fun, too!.... Read More
2015 June Museum School!
05/27/15
Together with the Layland Museum, we are offering Museum School, five-days of day-camp for kids 7 to 11. Topics include: archaeology, Chisholm Trail history, Native American music, pioneer games, early Cleburne and railroad history. Phone the Layland Museum at 817 645 0940 for info or Pat at the Big Bear Museum 817 793 4625 for info and to sign up!.... Read More
2015 History of Wardville
05/20/15
JOHNSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE The log structure at Wardville is the first courthouse in Johnson County constructed with logs drifted down the Nolan River in 1855 for a cost of $49.00. The courthouse remained at Wardville for two years until it was moved to the new county seat at Buchanan. During the War of Northern Aggression the courthouse was sold to.... Read More
2015 May Flood Update
05/15/15
Flooding has receded. Grounds are still wet. We need to limit access for two weeks while the ground dries. Will accept the generous offers of a 'clean up day' efforts and will announce a day/time soon. Please check back here or follow us on Facebook! (facebook.com/chisholmtrailmuseum).... Read More
2015 May 23 Pow Wow CANCELED
05/12/15
The Board of Directors regret to inform everyone that the Pow Wow scheduled for May 23 has been CANCELED due to extensive flooding. We are all very disappointed. Quiet Dove has done so much work already in getting this event up and running. There is just too much water to deal with at this time. Please continue to check back.... Read More
2015 May 10 Flooding
05/10/15
Please go to our Photo Gallery for 12 photos of our flooded property due to last night's storm. Oh, what a mess! I actually saw a fish trying to go across the driveway like it was on a fish ladder! Was so surprised! .... Read More
2015 Discount Deals!
05/02/15
We offer discount tickets for the Big Bear Native American Museum through Groupon and LocalSaver!.... Read More
2015 Regular Hours in Effect
03/28/15
Regular hours take effect April 1st (no joke!) when we return to Thurs/Fri/Sat from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Four days a week to come out and explore our Western town and soak up the local history! Remember we offer discount tickets on LocalSaver.com and Groupon.com for our Big Bear Native American Museum, too! Please use.... Read More
2015 New Twitter Account!
02/28/15
We have a new Twitter account thanks to the help of Julie Lee, our Big Bear Native American Museum artist! Go to: twitter.com/CTOMuseum and see what we are up to!.... Read More
2015 Which Johnson?
02/07/15
WHICH JOHNSON GAVE JOHNSON COUNTY ITS NAME ? Throughout the United States many Johnson Counties exist, but not all are named for the same person. Johnson County, Iowa is named for Colonel Richard Mentor Johnson. Johnson County, Kansas is named after Thomas Johnson. Johnson County, Missouri is named for Vice-President Richard Johnson. The list continues including Johnson Counties in Wyoming,.... Read More
2015 Johnson County Herb Society monthly meetings at the museum
01/02/15
The Johnson County Herb Society promotes the education and instruction of herbs through meetings, workshops and special events. We learn about the propagation, cultivation, crafting, history, folklore and use of herbs. (We do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe herbs.) No Member Dues. We ask only that you participate 3 times a year. We encourage visitors to join us for all.... Read More
2015 Notice of Winter Hours **January/March
01/01/15
We are going to winter hours beginning January 4, 2015 until April 1st, depending upon the weather. Winter hours will be Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. This is for the entire property, including the Big Bear Native American Museum. Private tours by appointment, Randolph Garner 817 648 2815 / Diane Gilbert 817 648 0989..... Read More
2014 Johnson County Herb Society Free Lecture at the CTOM
12/27/14
Please join the Johnson County Herb Society for a free lecture on essential oils on January 3rd at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum at 10:30am. Guest speaker will be Debra Gordan. Door prizes. Essential Oil Reference Manual. Contact Pat Kriener at 817 793 4625. .... Read More
2014 Photo Shoot for New Brochures
12/23/14
Be sure to check the Photo Gallery for all the fun we had during our photo shoot for the new brochures!.... Read More
2014 Pioneer Days
11/23/14
We enjoyed a very successful 11th Annual Pioneer Days! School children from four local schools, home schoolers, families and friends came out both Friday, Nov. 21st and Saturday, Nov. 22nd for this event. We had Terry's Texas Rangers Civil War re-enactors, Ghosts of Buzzard Flats gunfighters, music from Buttermilk Junction, Native American and other vendors, blacksmith demonstrations, Bates Bunkhouse, Johnson.... Read More
2014 Grand Opening BBNAM Fort Worth Star Telegram article
11/17/14
http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/11/14/6290409/native-american-heritage-museum.html .... Read More
2014 Grand Opening-Big Bear Native American Museum
11/16/14
Wonderful turnout by the community for the grand opening of the Big Bear Native American Museum Nov 14/15. We had just over 100 visitors on the first day alone! We had a police escort onto the property, Native American site blessing, speeches by our JCHF Director David Murdoch and Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain, recognition of volunteers and sponsors, ribbon cutting.... Read More
2014 Pioneer Days Radio Interview
11/12/14
We are on 1080 AM KRLD radio station (DFW area) with an interview w/David Murdoch. https://soundcloud.com/jdjdryantv/chisholm-trail-pioneer-days-texas-road-trippin Listen up!.... Read More
2014 Planned Grand Opening of the Big Bear Native American Museum
09/11/14
We are proud to announce the planned grand opening of the Big Bear Native American Museum for Saturday, November 15 at 10am! Be among the first in the community to attend this very special event! All staff members will be present to offer tours of the property which will now include this special Native American museum! Please join us!.... Read More
2014 Chesapeake Energy Donation-Big Bear Museum
09/07/14
Heather Scoggins, Community Relations Manager for Chesapeake Energy presented Board Chairman David Murdoch with a donation check at the Buffalo Level on September 4, 2014. This much appreciated donation will go toward the interior completion of the Big Bear Native American Museum which has a tentative opening date of early November. Thank you to everyone at Chesapeake Energy!.... Read More
2014 La Moderna Company Reception
07/12/14
Together with the city of Cleburne, we hosted a visit, presentation, gunfight and dinner for approximately 80-100 people of the La Moderna Company of Mexico, who will be opening a large distribution facility in Cleburne. This was the final stop after a weekend of touring various locations in and around town. .... Read More
2014 Big Bear Museum Donation--Grizzly Bear Level
06/07/14
Board Chairman David Murdoch accepted a donation check from Curtis and Gayle White of Cleburne yesterday. The Whites donated *above* the Grizzly Bear Level for the construction of the Big Bear Museum which is going up at the Chisholm Trail Museum. Come and see our progress! Thank you Curtis and Gayle!.... Read More
2014 Nolan River School
06/01/14
The original Nolan River School operated from 1855 to 1872 and was rebuilt and reopened in 2012. As of May 2013, Randolph Garner, retired educator has taught 57 full school day classes taking the students back in time. The students are brought out by school bus at 8:30 am and picked up at 2:30 pm. Most of the students are.... Read More
2013 Pioneer Days Recap
11/30/13
PIONEER DAYS 2013 While the weather did not lend itself to large numbers of people coming to this year's Pioneer Days, the people who did brave the elements were treated to a different kind of event. There was BUTTERMILK JUNCTION performing their acoustic music in the Nolan River School. There were historians in the Stage Station, Courthouse and Nolan River.... Read More
2013 Pioneer Days Classic Gun Raffle
11/23/13
RAFFLE WINNER!!! At 5:30 PM on Saturday eight year old Brian Depaiva, from Keene, drew the winning ticket # 0168 which belonged to the lucky Paul Adlof from McKinney. Paul and his wife Shelly came back to Cleburne on Monday and met with John Schultz, the gunsmith who prepared this years gun. They all met at the Cleburne Courthouse to.... Read More
2013 Pioneer Days
11/22/13
Mark your calendar November 22 & 23, 2013 - Chisholm Trail Pioneer Days will bring a host of food, fun, activities and music for the whole family at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum on U.S. 67 in Cleburne on the west side of Lake Pat Cleburne. Events are planned throughout the day. 2013 will be our 10th year to hold.... Read More
2013 Big Bear Museum Of Native American History
06/01/13
Native American artifacts coming to Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum in Cleburne, Texas. The Smithsonian wanted this collection, but Johnson County Heritage Foundation, who operates the Outdoor Museum, found favor with the Big Bear Beal family and have been gifted this lifetime collection of historic artifacts. Plans for a two thousand square foot Hogan style building have been drawn by designer.... Read More
2013 Big Bear Native American Museum Ground Breaking Ceremony
05/25/13
“BIG BEAR” Native American Museum Ground Breaking Ceremony was held: When: Saturday May 25, 2013 10:00am Where: Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum Location: Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum 101 Chisholm Trail Cleburne, Texas 76033 Google address is: 2929 W. Henderson Street More Information: 817 648 1486 PROGRAM Native Americans escorted to site by Police and Sheriff’s Dept. Dedication Ceremony preformed by.... Read More
2013 Vintage ‘Toe Pincher’ Coffin On Display At Chisholm Trail Museum
02/09/13
January 31, 2013 History saw 17 men hanged behind the Johnson County Jail, Johnson County Heritage Foundation Chairman David Murdoch said. “Of those, five were legal hangings,” Murdoch said. “The rest were vigilante hangings, just pulled out of the jail and strung up.” Although the old jail is no more, a replica now sits among the array of buildings and.... Read More
2011 Raffle Pistol
11/26/11
Pistol done by John Schultz of Frontier Classics Drawing held at close of Pioneer Days 2011. Pistol won by Nancy Devaney.... Read More
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Chisholm Trail Marker - Sandusky Place
Like many homesteads on the old Chisholm Trail, the Sandusky Place was a favorite stop for drovers for refreshing cool water drawn from their rock-lined well to trade for fresh vegetables, and hopefully, bacon and eggs. All of these were.... Read More
Did you know?
The Chisholm Trail is named for Jesse Chisholm who had built several trading posts in what is now western Oklahoma before the Civil War. He died in 1868, too soon to ever drive cattle on the trail. Jesse died, at Johnny Two Hand Springs in Oklahoma, as a result of food poisoning from eating bear

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