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Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive

A Trail of Celebrations! 
September 3rd -24th, 2011 
Four hundred head of cattle will be gathered just south of Caldwell, in Oklahoma, over the weekend of September 3rd & 4th, 2011, in preparation for the big drive to Ellsworth. Celebrations will be held in several Kansas towns along the old Ellsworth/Cox Cattle Trail to commemorate the Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive. 
The Border Queen Caldwell, Kansas, is celebrating its 140th birthday at the same time so be prepared for a big opening weekend! Saturday morning, at 10 oclock, Heather Ferguson will present the Kansas Humanities Program The Cherokee Strip Land Rush at the Opera House. The Cowboy, Jim Gray, will present Kansas Cattle Towns at 2 p.m. at the same location. Caldwells Chisholm Trail Arch will be dedicated at 5:15 p.m. There will be a black powder shoot, a cow camp, and a chuck wagon supper Saturday, September 3rd. Cowboy poet Geff Dawson will MC for The Diamond W Wranglers performance at the High School gym at 7 p.m.  
8 a.m. Sunday morning biscuits and gravy will be served at the Gazebo followed by Cowboy Church at 9:30. Picnic in the Park is scheduled for 1 p.m. with lots of old fashioned events throughout the day. A FREE street dance at 8 p.m. with the Border Bandits completes the day!  
Labor Day morning, Monday, September 5th at 9:30 a.m., Cowboys will point the cattle north, trailing the herd through downtown Caldwell on their way to Ellsworth. It will be 200 miles of Wild West adventure!  
Just as in the days of old, the trail boss will be in charge of two chuck wagons, four cookies, seven drovers, seven guest drovers, a string of horses, and, of course, a great herd of longhorn and corriente cattle. Guest drovers can sign on with the outfit for one week or the entire three weeks!  
The route follows the old Cox Cattle Trail to the Kansas Pacific Railhead at Ellsworth. The trail was originally blazed in 1873. Modern cowboys will trail cattle on the very same route used by original drovers, bed down the cattle on historic bed grounds and camp at the very same cow camps that made the cowboy famous. The herd will cross rolling prairie and ascend a ladder of rivers. Each rung of the drive is marked by Fall Creek, Bluff Creek, and Sand Creek before crossing the Chikaskia River.  
Each week will offer new adventures. At the South Fork of the Ninnescah River the cattle will arrive at Kingman, Kansas, driving through town at 4 oclock p.m. Friday, September 9th. Kingman is planning a 150th Anniversary Blow Out throughout the weekend of September 9th-11th. The headline act for Saturday, September 10th will be the Prairie Rose Rangers with Geff Dawson as MC for the 7 oclock p.m. program.  
September 12th the herd leaves Kingman, crossing the North Fork of the Ninnescah River. Antelope, Indian Run, Rattlesnake, and Salt Creeks guide the trail drivers ever northward for another five days on the trail before reaching the Arkansas River and Ellinwood, Kansas. 
Ellinwoods 150th Kansas Anniversary Celebration will be held September 17th-18th. At 2 oclock Saturday afternoon, September 17th, the Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive will trail down Ellinwoods Main Street. The folks in Ellinwood are holding a Ranch Rodeo as a special Cowboy attraction at 3:00 p.m. Judy Coder The Cowboys Sweetheart will be the featured performer Saturday evening singing classic western music in her Patsy Montana style. Geff Dawson will once again MC the performance at the Ellinwood High School, scheduled for 7 p.m. 
The final leg of the Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive will leave Ellinwood September 19th, trailing five days and crossing Cow Creek, Plum Creek, and the Ox Hide, leading drovers and cattle to the Smoky Hill River and the end of the trail cattle town of Ellsworth, Kansas.  
Well be keeping those dogies rollin for Ellsworth and the end of our drive. The old cattle town will be waiting anxiously for the cattle to arrive at 4 p.m. Saturday September 24th. 400 head of cattle will trail down Douglas Avenue just as they did 140 years ago on their way to the final corral. Geff Dawson completes the drive as MC for The End of the Trail Concert featuring Barry Ward, Judy Coder and the Prairie Rose Rangers. It will be one grand concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Ellsworth High School (PAC) Performance Art Center. Come celebrate the 150th Kansas Anniversary in true Cowboy style, at the End of the Trail in the historic old cattle town of Ellsworth!  
The Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive has been named one of American Cowboy Magazines Best of the West Top 101 Western Events. For more information contact the Trail Boss, Mike Clover, 718 Cedar Street, Kingman, Kansas, 67068. Phone 620-532-3455  Email Website - ;


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