This year marks the 150th anniversary of the historic Chisholm Trail. This trail was especially important to the economic boom of Fort Worth's western heritage and its colorful history.
A bit of economic history in regards to the trail:
Chisholm Trail was a trail used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle overland, from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads. Great herds of Longhorns were driven from Texas to Kansas; and Fort Worth was on the main route — the Chisholm Trail.
Lowing herds camped near the town, and cowboys galloped into Fort Worth, firing their pistols into the air and even riding their horses into the saloons. The red-light district that sprang up, one of the most infamous and the basis for many visions of the Wild West, came to be known as “Hell’s Half Acre.”
Though indulging the vices of Chisholm Trail cowboys that gave the town a less-than-angelic reputation, legitimate business poured into the area to serve the drovers as well. Fort Worth became the trading point for the whole northwest region.
Special events are being held in honor of the trail. The celebrations will culminate with a parade in commemoration of Chisholm Trail in the Fort Worth Stockyards. It will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM. It will begin with a Military March followed by a cattle drive, signifying the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Chisholm Trail era.