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15th Annual Pioneer Days
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
15th Annual Pioneer Days**Free Event** November 16th, 17th, 18th, 2018 8am to 6pm each day Come and experience life in.... More
2018 Market Days at BBM/CTOM, April through October
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Join us for Market Days, April through October! On the 4th Saturday of the month, the Big Bear Native American.... 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 points but also their tools, pottery, baskets, bead work, and ceremonial pieces. Artifacts, interpretive information, vintage photographs and artwork help the visitor learn about the Native American way of life prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Murals of Native American life and a portrait of Leonard "Big Bear" Beal by local artist Julie Lee create a natural setting for the museum's artifacts. Also featured in the museum is a scavenger hunt for children to find and identify animal tracks, so bring the whole family for an enjoyable, educational adventure before visiting the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum.
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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 first herd to follow the future Chisholm Trail to Abilene belonged to O. W. Wheeler and his partners, who in 1867 bought 2,400 steers in San Antonio.

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