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The Oklahoma Centennial Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive of 2007 was 14 years in the making. The cowboys and cowgirls spent one month pushing cattle up the trail, many times on the exact original trail of 1867-81.
It's reality TV that missed its chance.
This book features the photographs of many of those people, along with many of their stories. It is a book of visual delight and stories they delight in sharing.
If you love the old west, history and are a lover of art, this is the book to add to your collection.
I am seeking corporate sponsorships to help get copies of my book into rural libraries where funding is limited. This is a part of history that needs to be shared. If interested, please e-mail me.
Award winning writer and photographer Toni Hopper has been a newspaper reporter for more than 17 years, beginning as a freelance photographer. As a photographer, she has earned fine arts awards. Writing awards include Associated Press, Oklahoma Press Association, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. and the Oklahoma Education Association's Marshall Gregory. Aside from a few books made of family portraits and designing wedding albums, Toni considers Riding The Chisholm Trail 'Once in a lifetime' as her first official book, self-published. "I feel it is my contribution to Oklahoma history and is dedicated to the hard work and spirit of the cowboys and cowgirls who lived their dream on that trail." One of the images featured in this book is a part of The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum's collection of 31 black and white images chosen from thousands reviewed highlighting this historic event. http://toni-hopper.artistwebsites.com/