Dodge City in Ford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
George M. Hoover
Dodge City's most famous early settler started Dodge City's first business on Front Street in 1871. Was mayor four terms. He also hired Wyatt Earp to come and get law and order established and put the city on a very sound basis. He organized first state bank in Dodge City and became president. He gave 5% of his cash income to Dodge City ventures. In 1911 he formed a commission form of government with John Miller and George Laughead. George Hoover died in 1914 leaving generous legacies for Dodge commissioners, $10,000 for Wright Park building, $100,000 to city trust fund for parks and cemetery care and $5,000 to Dodge City churches.
Location. 37° 45.262′ N, 100° 1.293′ W. Marker is in Dodge City, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is at the intersection of Spruce Street and 4th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Spruce Street. Click for map. Marker is part of the Centennial Monument on the grounds of the former Municipal Building atop Boot Hill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 West Spruce Street, Dodge City KS 67801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wyatt Earp (here, next to this marker); The Boot Hill Cemetery Site On the Ashes of My Campfire This City is Built (here, next to this marker); H.B. (Ham) Bell (a few steps from this marker); My Trails Have Become Your Highways (a few steps from this marker); Boot Hill (a few steps from this marker); Dodge City, a frontier legend (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boot Hill Cemetery (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dodge City.
Also see . . .
1. George M. Hoover Bio. (Submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. George M. Hoover Account Book at KSHS. (Submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Dodge City, Kansas, Official Website. (Submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.