Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, Cleburne

Located on Hwy 67, just West of Cleburne and along the shores of Lake Pat Cleburne, sits the Chisholm Trail Museum.  Cowboy silhouettes line the highway, beckoning you to an adventure that will only take you back about 160 years in time.


The Chisholm Trail Museum is a FREE, docent run facility, and it’s operating times may vary.  However, if you arrive and find the gate closed during normal daylight hours, you can still take a walking tour of the outdoor museum!  Donations are gladly accepted!

On our visit, the gates were open and we were lucky enough to get to spend a little time with Randolph, who gave us a tour of the buildings.


The museum host school field trips during the week, but they also offer school days in the Nolan River School.  These classes are held in the one room schoolhouse, and the students go through a typical day of school in 1868, with no modern conveniences, including wifi or even electricity!


Our visit was encouraged by our family’s sudden interest in Cowboys and Stagecoach robbers.  The kid’s dressed in their boots and took their new capp guns!  As I enjoyed the cool spring breeze, they ran through the town, empty of other guest at this time, shooting it up and enjoying the freedom of being kids!  It was great to have a place where not only was their make believe play allowed, it was encouraged!


Eventually, my bad boys were apprehended by the Sheriff, and thrown into the Johnson County Jail!


This real blacksmith shop and Frontier Classic Gunsmith Shop is owned and operated by John Schultz.  We watched as he explained his tools to us, heating us his fire until it was hot enough to melt iron!


There was also a small garden, growing flowers and some vegetables.


A beautiful sign of Spring, these Iris were in full bloom!  They line the front of the Phillip Nolan Memorial Cemetery.


It’s an amazing feeling to know you are standing on the same ground where thousands of cattle once crossed on their way to auction in Kansas!  We walked along the peaceful trail, taking plenty of time to just enjoy being in the moment!


Three tee-pees are open for viewing.  In the future, visitors will also be able to tour the Big Bear Museum of Native American History.


Things To Do in Cleburne



During the summer, Hulen Park is filled with hot kids cooling off at the Splash Station!  Click HERE to read more!




Grab lunch at the smallest restaurant in Texas, the Burger Bar!  Open 9:30 – 3pm Monday – Saturday at 109 N. Anglin St. Cleburne.


Cleburne State Park offers camping, hiking, bike riding, fishing, swimming and no-wake water activities on their lake.  Click HERE for more information.

Chisholm Trail Museum

101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne

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