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Abilene and Chisholm Trail focus of RFD television program

Red Steagall will feature the history of Abilene, Kansas—as the American West’s first railhead cattle town at the end of the Chisholm Trail—and what the city offers today to visitors during his program, “Somewhere West of Wall Street,” airing at 8:30 p.m. Central time Aug. 14 on the RFD television channel.

The series hosted by the nationally-recognized cowboy, singer-songwriter, poet and author focuses on historic landmarks and trailblazers of the West, such as Joseph McCoy and the Chisholm Trail marking its 150th anniversary this year. Steagall and his band, The Boys in the Bunkhouse, will be the evening’s headliner act during Abilene’s “Trails, Rails and Tales” Chisholm Trail sesquicentennial celebration Sept. 1 through 3 in Old Abilene Town. Tickets for the event, which includes numerous western-themed activities for the entire family and a performance by award-winning country-western singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, are available online at chisholmtrt.com.

Steagall’s television episode focuses on Abilene as “the end” of the Chisholm Trail. After the Civil War, Joseph McCoy established a cattle market for Texas longhorns by building stockyards alongside the railroad in Abilene in central Kansas, from which the livestock were shipped east. Cowboys herded over 3 million longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from Texas to McCoy’s stockyards from 1868 to 1871, transforming the tiny settlement of Abilene into a prosperous cattle town.

“I want to expose parts of history to people who don’t know it exists,” Steagall says of his television show, adding that sharing the history of the Chisholm Trail and the cattle drives from Texas to Kansas is of vital importance. “I would say 95 percent of people in the United States haven’t heard of the Chisholm Trail and have no idea what the livestock industry means to the economy of our nation.”

Article source: http://www.hpj.com/ag_news/abilene-and-chisholm-trail-focus-of-rfd-television-program/article_4fd3a89c-7ed0-11e7-a941-73b841cded71.html

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