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May 5, 2013

Trail blazing into the past

Juvenile offenders get look at Chisholm Trail

NINNEKAH — A caravan of Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs staff, juveniles, museum curators and media took a day trip on the Chisholm Trail.

It's been a tradition every year for J.L. Courtney of Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs, to take groups of juveniles around the state on a tour of parts of the Chisholm Trail.

Courtney was joined by Jimmy Rogers, longtime member of the program and former Oklahoma University football player, who also brought a group from Oklahoma City.

The group visited Wheeler Ranch in Chickasha where Chisholm Trail ruts were still visible. Courtney talked about the many longhorns that were driven through the area.

While in the area, the group met a real-life cowboy, J.D. Blanton, who sang cowboy songs on his guitar and recited cowboy poetry. Blanton told about his travels on the Great American Cattle Drive, which he called "a dream come true."

The next stop was "Old Fred," a trading post southeast of Chickasha, near Ninnekah.

Next in Grady County, the Muncrief Cemetery tour in Ninnekah was led by Ninnekah Historical Society President, Shelby Ross. She said that there were many stories about the cemetery, including a famous outlaw story of five thieves being buried in the same grave.

The group then headed towards Stephens County to visit the granite marker about the Marlow Brothers and Dr. Marlow in Marlow, Okla and then the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Okla.

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