Wellington Daily News
MAYFIELD — On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the town of Mayfield exploded in population as visitors lined Mayfield Road to get their chance to see the O-K Chisholm Trail 150 Cattle Drive move through.
The event was delayed slightly, as crews from Burlington Northern-Sante Fe waited for an important train to move by before allowing the cattle the right of way over the tracks.
This delay, brought more curiosity as the crowd started to look to the south to see if the cattle were moving or not.
Just after 1:30 p.m. the cattle made their way into Mayfield and north along the road towards their camp spot for the day.
As the cattle moved north, sounds of excitement and joy could be heard from the bleachers that sat next to the street.
Here, fifth graders from Wellington’s Eisenhower Elementary School, soaked in the warm sun as they waited for the cattle to move through.
Alecia Crowley, Eisenhower fifth grade teacher, stated the importance for the students to get off the classroom and see this event.
“This was a once and a lifetime opportunity,” she said. “And, it goes really well with the story we are reading. ‘Thunder Rose’ is about a little girl that brings her cattle on a trail, similar to the Chisholm Trail. She actually brings them through Caldwell. They have been reading the story and got to experience in life too.”
Crowley was surprised at how excited she was.
“I never thought I would be this excited to see cows walking on the road,” she said. “The kids are super excited about it as well.”
Not only was the historical significance passed to the students present, but the scores of citizens lining the road watching for the cattle to move by.
Mayfield’s mayor, Larry Ford, was pleased with the turnout for the day.
“It’s pretty exciting to see all the people that came out and enjoyed the cattle coming by,” he said. “We had several kids come out and enjoy that.”
With the proximity of Mayfield to the actual route of the Chisholm Trail, the town has been associated with larger towns like Abilene, Caldwell and Wichita. This too was a fact that was not lost on Ford.
“It was nice to have them come through basically on the Chisholm Trail,” he said.
As the cattle moved north past US-160 towards their camp for the day, the event closed and people moved on with their day.
Several groups moved north with the herd and cowboys eager to see their camp first hand. The drive moved from Mayfield to Millerton, Mayfield Road and Prospect, before moving into Clearwater on Friday.
On Sunday, Sept. 23, the cattle reached their final destination in south Wichita where there was a concert and other events prior to the cattle being loaded up on trucks and hauled back to Oklahoma.