The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

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H. BAILEY CARROLL
WITH echoing cries of "Whoopee ti yi yo" and "Coma
ti yi youpy," a colorful caravan of latter-day Texas
trail drivers revived the spirit of the West and the
old cattle kingdom during the first week in May. Sponsored by
the Texas State Historical Association and the Old Trail Drivers
Association of Texas, more than one hundred persons met at
San Antonio on May 1 and set out to observe the 1956 Chisholm
Trail Celebration Drive by retracing the main route followed by
the original Texas trail drivers from San Antonio to the cross-
ing at Red River. Wayne Gard, whose literary herding of the
Chisholm Trail has made him its academic trail boss, comment-
ed that probably no old cowhand ever headed north with more
enthusiasm than the persons who took part in the 1956 tour.
Trail rider Gard went on to say that, while it was true the mod-
ern riders used air-conditioned buses instead of Old Paint and
were escorted by a car of the Texas Highway Patrol and motor-
cycle flankers, the spirit was that of the old days.
The projection of such an ambitious celebration was largely
experimental, but the eager support of interested persons all
over Texas and the valuable co-operation of the state historical
societies of Oklahoma and Kansas produced a professionally
finished tour that will set a precedent for a type of worthwhile
historical activity that will doubtless inspire many other similar
undertakings in the future. The excellent program and smoothly
articulated itinerary of the Texas section of the celebration were
planned and co-ordinated by the Texas Chisholm Trail Commit-
tee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Stanley Banks of San An-
tonio. Members of the committee included: Wayne Gard, Ham-
ilton Magruder, David M. Warren, R. N. Richardson, Frank
Kent. L. W. Kemp, David Donoghue, Herbert Gambrell, Claude
Elliott, and Roger Conger. Ex oficio members were Paul Adams,
president of the Association, and H. Bailey Carroll, director of
the Association.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/. Accessed March 1, 2015.