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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
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 Louis Speyer of Cleburne.
JCHF began a fund raising drive in December 2012 to raise $100,000+ for the construction and display of this unique structure.
Builder, Jack Wylie states that construction should begin in June 2013.
This “BIG BEAR” Museum will house one of the largest collections of Native American artifacts in this part of the country.
JCHF is an all volunteer 501 (c)(3) foundation and all donations are tax deductible. There will be a display in the museum with
the different levels of participation listing the names of the donors.
This will be the largest Native American museum in Texas and the only one in an outdoor setting. There is another one a mall in the Houston area.

FEMA: August 2013 Update: We are still being held up on construction of the museum by a change
in the FEMA Flood Map. We are currently awaiting a LOMA (Letter of Map Adjustment) and/or a Structural Engineer's Stamp.
The initial fund raising goal has been pledged or given. It looks like the FEMA regulations will cause the cost of the building to increase as much as 50%.
We should know something one way or the other this month.


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Chisholm Trail Marker - Precinct 1 Commissioner
Feeder trails from Hillsboro and points east arrived here. Often the main trail north to the Kansas railhead would become overcrowded spreading several miles wide. At this point, the trail boss would send his most experienced rider ahead to pick.... Read More
Did you know?
By 1870 thousands of Texas Longhorn cattle were being driven over the Chisholm Trail to the Union Pacific (later the Kansas Pacific) Railroad shipping center at Abilene. By 1871 as many as 5,000 cowboys were often paid off during a single day. Abilene became known as a rough town in the Old West.

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