Dodge CityDodge City is a town in Western region of Kansas.
In 1865 Fort Dodge was constructed along the Santa Fe Trail to help protect travelers from Indians. Dodge City was formed near the fort in the years that followed. In the 1870s it exemplified the spirit of the Wild West portrayed in American television and movies, most notably in the American television show "Gunsmoke," which was set in Dodge City and popularized the phrase "Get the hell out of Dodge."
The town had its heyday during the cattle drives of the late 1800s as quarantines made it one of the few places along the railroad where Texas ranchers could bring their cattle. This quarantine, created to protect other breeds of cattle from a parasitic tick carried by longhorns, was extended to Dodge City in 1885, essentially ending the town's run as the "Queen of the Cow Towns". By 1886 the gambling saloons, brothels, and other notorious establishments that had built the town's reputation had mostly closed.
By carThe most common way of getting to Dodge City is by car, and is a worthwhile stop for anyone road-tripping along the US-50.
By trainArriving by rail is less common, but fully possible via Amtrak and its daily Chicago - Los Angeles Southwest Chief train. Notice that trains arrives at rather inconvenient times, east-bound trains arrive just before midnight while west-bound ones arrives early morning around 5:30AM.
address: E Wyatt Earp BlvdWhile the station might look impressive from the outside, notice that there are few amenities and no ticket office or machines.
phone: +1 620 227-8188address: Front StThe Boot Hill Museum contains a reconstruction of 1876 Dodge City and Boot Hill Cemetery, so named because most of the deceased were buried with their boots on. Between Memorial Day and the end of August, visitors can see gunfight re-enactments, a variety show, and have a chuckwagon dinner.
Depot Theater Co.phone: +1 620 225-1001address: 201 E. Wyatt EarpA historic Santa Fe Depot theater with dinner theater productions.
phone: +1 620 225-6388address: 701 2nd Ave.Art gallery in the historic Carnegie Library building. Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Coronado Crossphone: +1 620 227-6791address: East Highway 40038-ft tall cross marking the spot where Spanish explorer Francisco Vasques de Coronado crossed the Arkansas River in search of the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold" in 1541.
Dodge City Cowboy Bandaddress: Wright ParkTuesday nights in June and July only. The oldest municipal band west of the Mississippi River.
Dodge City LegendSemi-pro basketball team.
Fort Dodgephone: +1 620 227-2121address: East Highway 400Fort Dodge served as a supply depot and a base of operation while fighting the Indians from 1865-1882.
phone: +1 620 227-6791address: 112 E Vine StThe 1881 house of a bootmaker with original furnishings and a gallery dedicated to local pioneer women.
Dodge City DaysDodge City Days will occur from July 28 - August 6, 2006. Events include a barbeque contest, the Dodge City Days Rodeo, an arts and crafts show, a parade, and a classic car show.
address: 4000 West Comanche
Dodge City LawUnited Wireless Arena in West Dodge City is home to the town's professional indoor football team, the Dodge City Law. The team competes in the CIF.
While the cowboy-era downtown buildings were unfortunately torn down in the 1970s, the "new" downtown maintains a frontier feel and offers dozens of shops ranging from vintage photos and art galleries to the more utilitarian.
phone: +1 620-371-7500address: 301 4th Ave
Budget Host Innphone: +1 620-227-8146address: 2200 West Wyatt Earp Blvd
phone: +1 620-225-1000address: 201 4th Ave
phone: +1 620-225-2654address: 2110 East Wyatt Earp Blvd
- Wichita, the largest city anchored in Kansas, is about 150 miles east of Dodge City.