Happy 150th Chisholm Trail: Anniversary celebrated with trail ride, western fun

The Longhorn herd graze at the Jerry Addison Ranch on FM 1816 Saturday with Queen's Peak in the background. (Photo by Barbara Green)
Sonny and Judy Love, Bowie, took part in the Main Street Sip and Stroll western costume contest. (Photo by Barbara Green)

While Bowie may not have been an organized community when the Chisholm Trail operated at its peak in Montague County during the late 1800s, the city’s roots are steeped in western history honored last weekend with the Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary Celebration.
Presented by the Bowie Chamber of Commerce, the event welcomed a herd of about 25 Longhorns “walking” through town from Pelham Park and onward to Farm-to-Market 1816 coming to a rest at the Addison Ranch for lunch. An unexpected cold front blew into town Friday and stayed through Saturday, and while that may have tempered some of the attendance those who took part had a great time.
Jim Gilbow, president of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce board of directors, said they were pleased with how the event went although the weather did impact turnout for many of the outside events.

Read the full story in the mid-week News and see lots more photos from the weekend.