Jesse Chisholm

With Jeremy still on vacation. I decided it might be interesting to visit a couple of historical monuments in Wichita. After two stops, I noticed a trend, so I followed the trend. I have always had an interest in Jesse Chisholm. My elementary school was named after him. Here is a little I found out about the man from Wikipedia.

Jesse Chisholm (circa 1805 – March 4, 1868) is most famous because of the namesake cattle trail, which he developed to supply his various trading posts in what is now Kansas and Oklahoma.

This is a monument that marks Chisholm’s first Kansas Trade Post.

You can find it in the lower level of Twin Lakes Shopping Center

This is a monument marking the original confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas River. It also marks a Treaty signing between Chisholm and the Plains Indians. The marker can be found right across the street from the Wichita Art Museum.

In 1826, Chisholm became involved in a gold-seeking party, who blazed a trail and explored the region to present day Wichita, Kansas.

This is a monument dedicated to the beginning of the Chisholm Trail. It can be found on the northeast corner of Douglas and McLean.

Chisholm was an interpreter and general aid in several treaties between the Republic of Texas and local Indian tribes, as well as between the United States federal government and various tribes after Texas joined the United States.

This is the Mulberry Tree Marker, at over 200 years old, it served as a marker for those following the Chisholm Trail. At the end of the Civil War, Chisholm settled permanently near present-day Wichita, and recommenced trade into Indian Territory.

This is the historical marker for the Chisholm Trail. It’s on Broadway just north of I-235. Through the trees is the the KFDI Radio Ranch. Chisholm built up what had been a military and Indian trail into a road capable of carrying heavy wagons for his goods. This road became known as Chisholm’s Trail.

This is the school that still bears his name. While it is a center for Special Needs students, this was an elementary school, when I attended in the early 80’s. Jeremy Crockett teases, that it was probably for special needs kids even back then.

He died at his last camp near Left Hand Spring (now Oklahoma) due to food poisoning on March 4, 1868, and is buried there.

Photo from findagrave.com

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