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The Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum
"Where the spirit of the Old West comes to life."

Established to preserve and share the rich heritage of Johnson County, our museum stands on the historic grounds of Wardville, the first county seat established in 1854.

Cowboy Christmas on the Trail
Cowboy Christmas on the Trail
Dec 09, 2023, 3:00 PM – Dec 10, 2023, 9:00 PM
101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne, TX 76033, USA

Weddings on the Trail

Celebrate your special day on the trail by booking with us for your private event!

Outdoor Museum at Lake Pat Cleburne

See What It Was Like to Live in the Wild West

The Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum sits on the Chisholm Trail which was a trail used in the late 19th century to drive cattle overland. The museum includes a life-size cattle drive silhouette, Johnson County's original courthouse, a working blacksmith shop, a stagecoach station, teepees, and more. The museum attractions sit close to and overlook the banks of Lake Pat Cleburne. With beautiful Texas skies and amazing views of the lake, you'll actually start to feel like the pioneers did when they came across this beautiful spot.  The Big Bear Native American Museum features a collection of Native American artifacts donated by Leonard “Big Bear" Beal and additional artifacts supplement his collection to provide a complete overview of Native Americans in North America from their arrival over 13,000 years ago to the present. Accessible to the public, the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum is an open area where visitors can learn about how the cattle drives along the trail impacted life and the history of the first county seat of Johnson County, Texas. Come check out the original courthouse, a stagecoach station, a blacksmith shop, and many more attractions on the banks of Lake Pat Cleburne on the Chisholm Trail. Be sure to check out the many Historical Markers along the Chisholm Trail for a fun driving adventure.

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