"If you want to be
successful, it's just
this simple. Know
what you are doing.
Love what you are
doing. And believe in
what you are doing."
|Definition of Hero: A
hero refers to
characters who, in
the face of adversity,
display courage and
the will for self-
greater good of all
|Tipton inherited this Buffalo skull from his
grandfather and now he tells the story of it
existence as the model for the 5 cent piece.
|A people without the knowledge of their past
history, origin and culture is like a tree
|Geronimo worked with Tiptons
|Annie Oakley another
friend of the Tipton
family early 1900s
|Photo of Pawnee Bill, Buffalo Bill
and Marty Tipton Great Grandfather
2017 Summer Program
2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
This year I would be sharing stories about the Chisholm
Trail and other Wild West characters. Beginning trick
roping lessons will also be available with ropes I supply
at the end of each program.
Oklahoma Kids Goal
- Motivated children to read by sharing stories with them about
people they may research.
- Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the
- Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
- Children have access to experiences that further their sense of
- Children have access to experiences through which they can learn
to work cooperatively.
In 1864 the adventurous half Cherokee Native American trader from Tennessee named Jesse
Chisholm scouted out the trail from Texas through Oklahoma Indian territory north as a
means to transport his goods in his wagon from one trading post to another. The trail named
after Jesse soon became the main highway for driving cattle north. The long horn cattle were
north. The live stock owners were called Cattlemen and the workers commissioned with
driving the cattle were called the Cowboys. The cattlemen decided to have their cattle dove
north to be sold for 10 time their worth in Texas. One long horn may only bring $4 south in
Texas were as if the cowboys could deliver the cattle to a railroad station called the Railhead
in Kansas they were likely to fetch $40 or more a head. Driving cattle north up through
Indian territory otherwise known as Oklahoma was a long and dangerous job and the trail
its self ran about 1000 miles and could take two months to complete.
On average, a single herd of cattle on a long drive (for example, Texas to Kansas railheads)
numbered about 3,000 head. To herd the cattle, a crew of at least 10 cowboys was needed,
with three horses per cowboy. Cowboys worked in shifts to watch the cattle 24 hours a day,
herding them in the proper direction in the daytime and watching them at night to prevent
stampedes and deter theft. The crew also included a cook, who drove a chuck wagon,
usually pulled by oxen, and a horse wrangler to take charge of the remuda, or spare horses.
The wrangler on a cattle drive was often a very young cowboy or one of lower social status,
but the cook was a particularly well-respected member of the crew, as not only was he in
charge of the food, he also was in charge of medical supplies and had a working knowledge
of practical medicine.
Chisholm Trail History
by Marty Tipton
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