Dodge City History

Dodge City


150 miles west of Wichita, is one the most famous cow towns in America and is a popular tourist destination. Back in the day, Dodge City was one of the most notorious places on the Wild West frontier.

Its heyday lasted only 12 years, from 1872 when the railroad arrived, until 1884 when the cattle drives werebanned. Back then, Dodge City was without a doubt the capital of the Wild West. 100 million bison hides and 7 million head of cattle shipped out in that period alone. During that era, Dodge City was known as "Hell on the Plains," famous for its gunfights and general lawlessness. Today the Boot Hill Cemetery is where the bad guys were buried with their boots on. Combined with the authentic replica of Front Street and the Long Branch Saloon, it is definitely a place to see while in town. We know you will enjoy your visit to the "Cowboy Capitol of the world."
 

For more information on the history of Dodge City, visit these websites:

 
 
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These are some interesting places to visit just a short distance from Dodge City:

 
World's Largest Hand Dug Well - Greensburg, KSWorld's Largest Hand Dug Well - Greensburg, KS
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