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Jesse Chisholm Monument

Canadian County, Oklahoma

Submitted by:
Robert Farrar


1805 TO 03-04-1868

Born in Tennessee in 1805 of Scottish & Cherokee descent, Jesse Chisholm came to the Indian Territory in the 1820's. For 40 yrs he operated Trading Posts near Asher, Purcell, Watonga & Oklahoma City. Also a guide freighter, interpreter, salt works owner and peacemaker. Few men in the Territory was so well known by the Indian. Due to this, part of his freighting route became known as the "Chisholm Trail". He died on March 4, 1868 after eating bear meat cooked in a copper kettle and was buried near Left Hand Spring. Allotment of his old friend Chief Left Hand, Northeast of present Geary, The Inscription on his grave, "No One Left His Home Cold or Hungry" is a tribute to the Character of this Rugged Individual.

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