Any tour exploring the history of the Chisholm Trail, cowboys and cattle drives, or the culture of the untamed West would not be complete without a visit to Duncan, OK. Whether adults or students, the Duncan Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you plan the perfect trip. Duncan offers many services including step-on guides, historic information, itinerary planning, and hotel assistance. Duncan also works with area attractions and communities to help create the perfect tour of Southwest Oklahoma. Below are just a few examples of available tours. Please contact the CVB staff for help creating a custom itinerary just for you.
Chisholm Trail Tour
The Chisholm Trail ran from the stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas to Abilene, Kansas, and right through Duncan. You will feel like you are on the trail when you visit the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Featuring the southwest’s largest western-themed bronze statue, meet and learn from Jesse and Tex, whose life-like figures talk to you about life on the trail, use all your senses to experience the Old Trail in the multi-sensory Chisholm Trail Experience Theatre, and view additional dioramas, displays, and an art gallery. Then travel with a historian as your guide to the Trail Ruts at Monument Hill where visible remains of the famed Chisholm Trail etched by the millions of cattle can still be seen. Tour options include a chuckwagon meal with a variety of dishes.
Historic Duncan Tour
This tour of Duncan will transport you into the past and allow you to walk in the steps of Chisholm Trail while enjoying the quaint history of the prairie stop. Visit the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and learn about the hustlers, rustlers, and heroes of the old west. Explore the Stephens County Historical Museum and view the way daily life was when the town was young and oil was new. View the original Halliburton location and learn how the industry changed this area forever.
Historic Homes Tour
A step-on guide will lead you through multiple historic homes and churches in Duncan, including the Foreman Prairie House. Built in the style that made Frank Lloyd Wright famous, this house was built for one of Duncan’s first citizens. The community completed an extensive renovation to return it to its former original condition. See various styles of architecture and be intrigued by the events that occurred at each. Many of the buildings are now on the Historical Registry.
Main Street Duncan Historic Stepping Stone Trail
Main Street Duncan provides the perfect place for learning about the history of Duncan while enjoying great shopping and dining. The Stepping Stone Trail highlights significant points in Duncan’s history while guiding through Main Street Duncan. This trail will ensure you “don’t miss a thing” in this quaint community.
A visit to Hall Ranch will transport you back in time with an on-site chuckwagon, coffee service, horse roping, ride-on wagon, and the full working ranch experience.
The Hall Ranch tradition goes back to the late 1800s and engulfs the ranching history and heritage of three states. Shannon’s grandfather and father punched cows on some of the largest ranches in the state of Texas. Ronda’s great, great, great, great grandfather John Blunk homesteaded in 1860 in Barber County, Kansas, and Woods County, Oklahoma. The John Blunk Ranch encompassed 20,000 acres, running Hereford cattle and hosting some rather historical guests, such as Jesse James. The Blunk Ranch is now operated by Ronda’s dad and brother. When God brought Shannon and Ronda together, he directed them to Oklahoma.
Shannon pursued a career as a horse trainer. Through hard work and God-given talents, and blessings, his dream of owning his own ranch became a reality. The Hall Ranch first began with 250 acres in Grady County. In 2000, they purchased the Stardust Ranch in Stephens County and have added numerous leases. The ranch consists of 700 cows and runs approximately 5,000 to 6,000 yearlings through the operation within a year. Yearlings are used for horse training, as well as for weight gain. Many awards have been won on Hall Ranch trained horses, such as the 1999 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Champion Shania Cee and the 2000 Horse of the Year Shania Cee but the greatest reward awaits at Heaven’s door when Christ shall say “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Mathew 25:21
Ranch headquarters are located near Loco, Oklahoma, where Shannon, Ronda, Whitney, Kadee Belle, and Dakota Jo live, along with help and management!
Crossed Arrows Alpacas and Fiber Mill is a great choice for an interesting, unique group tour. They are a full-service fiber mill, specializing in processing alpaca and llama fleece. Are you looking to add value to your yearly harvest? They can turn that fluff into roving, yarn, or felt!