The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 68
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
pasture and remain unseen by the public. One along a highway
might be miles from the scene it is supposed to mark.
Even at Abilene, the first terminus of the trail, nearly all the
marks of the cattle drives have been erased. Instead of the rip-
roaring town it once was, Abilene is an almost Puritan city of
white houses and shady streets. Its citizens are proud of the
Dwight Eisenhower home and museum and seem willing to
forget the exciting days of the Texas cattle trade. As one stands
in front of an ice cream store of yellow brick on Cedar Street,
it takes a bit of imagination to realize that this is the site of
Wild Bill's hangout, the big Alamo Saloon, with its long bar and
polished brass fixtures, its large mirrors, its paintings of nudes
in the style of the Renaissance masters, its brightly labeled bot-
tles of joy juice, and its clinking spurs and ribald laughter.
In Texas the Chisholm Trail lives in song and story and in
many an outstanding canvas. Yet the last word on this great trail
and the men who rode it has not been said. It still offers grist
for many forms of art above the level of the gun-smoke writers
who thus far have exploited it in pulp stories and on the movie
screen. It could be a backdrop for a musical show as satisfying
and as successful as "Oklahomal" or for a great novel. Perhaps
the 1956 tour or some later one will strike a spark for some im-
mortal epic of the trail.
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