At the end of the Chisholm Trail

The Chisholm Trail was a trail used in the late 19th century to drive cattle overland from ranches in Texas to Kansas.   Texas ranchers using the Chisholm Trail started on that route from either the Rio Grande or San Antonio, Texas and went to the railhead of the Kansas Pacific Railway in Abilene, Kansas.

We weren’t driving any cattle but we were driving a partially filled cargo van into Abilene, Kansas on Sunday. 

I found a perfect badge for me…

Cargo Van Driver and Chauffeur to the Good Stuff

Given that it was Sunday, Antique stores are generally only open from noon to five so it really cuts down on the shopping time. 

We found several shops in downtown Abilene.  The old town architecture was great and the people were friendly. 

Old Downtown Abilene

I found a great series of animal, birds, insects primers from 1920s.

More Views of Old Town Abilene.

The original store graphics are still visible.  And many of the streets are still brick paved with old clapboard houses.

I found a nice Edwardian Cabinet Card Album.  I will likely alter it and re-purpose to hold small pieces of art.

End of the Chisolm Trail…

After tackling Abilene we drove on to Topeka where new opportunities to find treasure are waiting.

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