Our mission is "To celebrate and perpetuate the history, art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy and the American West."
In the early 1990's a group of concerned citizens from Duncan, southwest Oklahoma and northern Texas came together to form a partnership to increase the quality of life in the region, help educate people of all ages on the courage, struggles and successes of settlement in this hostile area, and provide an information stop on the route of modern day explorers of the Chisholm Trail.
From the very beginning, the facility hosted children and visitors with the highest quality educators and static exhibits to celebrate the men and women who rode the Trail, settled the area, were stationed at nearby Ft. Sill and Ft. Arbuckle, started businesses and raised families or were indigenous peoples forced to drastically alter their lifestyles due to the encroachment of the other travelers and settlers.
Construction began on the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (CTHC) in 1997 with expansions in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Our facility services the United States and many other countries. Staff estimates about ¼ of the visitors are international, ¼ are from other parts of the United States (snowbirds), and ¼ are from the Dallas to Oklahoma City area.