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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
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.
Chisholm Trail Marker - Smith Ranch
Settled in the valley below in 1887 and through the years has protected a 25 acre rare native prairie grass preserve. Imagine millions of bison and Longhorn cattle that grazed on this lush grass just as it is today on.... Read More
Did you know?
The Chisholm Trail was finally closed by barbed wire and an 1885 Kansas quarantine law; by 1884, its last year, it was open only as far as Caldwell, in southern Kansas. In its brief existence it had been followed by more than five million cattle and a million mustangs, the greatest migration of livestock in

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