As the youngest girl in my family, I grew up loving baby dolls and pink bows. However, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for cowboys. I blame this on a few things – my grandfather, my brother and my school.
John Wayne memorabilia covered the walls in my Gramps office. He would tell stories of the Old West (likely tales of him imagination, rather than reality). I was fascinated.
My adoration for cowboys strengthen at the young age of five, when my baby brother was born. My brother, Chisholm, is the youngest child and the only boy in my family. He was and still is a cowboy. I blame it on his name. He loves riding his horse and roping cattle.
The final reason I love cowboys is because of my Alma Mater, Oklahoma State University. Pistol Pete is based on a real Oklahoma cowboy, and after my four years at OSU, you will always find me reppin’ my school. (Sorry OU fans!)
Because of my love/obsession with cowboys, I am ready to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy on July 28. Grab your cowboy hat and boots because it’s time to celebrate this weekend!
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, in Duncan, is a great place to bring out your inner cowboy. This museum offers self-guided tours as well as customized tours. While you are there, check out the beautiful art, the talking displays, and the incredible Chisholm Trail statue outside. Kids under 5 get in FREE and there are senior discounts.
Top Hat Ranch is a beautiful, rustic retreat near Duncan. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with a special someone or an event space for your next special occasion, this is the place for you. The property features one lodge that can accommodate up to 14 guests as well as a small cabin for two.
Want to learn more about horse shoeing? The National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools in Sulphur is for you! This museum gives an entertaining look at the tools, life, and products of a horse shoers’ world. This museum is FREE as well. Viewings are by appointment only.
We would love to hear your cowboy stories and see your cowboy pictures! If you are out and about for National Day of the Cowboy, use #VisitChickasaw so we can see your photos.