The Chisholm and Great Western trails are one step closer to being named national historic trails after the National Park Service announced this month that its feasibility study was complete.

The issue is now ready for public comment, another step in the designation of the trails as nationally historic, The Wichita Eagle reported.

The two trails have been studied by the federal government since 2009, when Congress directed the secretary of the Interior to evaluate the trails to see whether they would qualify to be named national historic trails.

“As a historian, I think it would help promote the trails and their connection to Western heritage for future generations,” Jeff Sheets, director of the Dickinson County Historical Society in Abilene, told Beccy Tanner of The Wichita Eagle.

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