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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ford County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Ford County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Ford County, KS (51) Clark County, KS (2) Edwards County, KS (6) Gray County, KS (2) Hodgeman County, KS (1) Kiowa County, KS (6) Meade County, KS (11)  FordCounty(51) Ford County (51)  ClarkCounty(2) Clark County (2)  EdwardsCounty(6) Edwards County (6)  GrayCounty(2) Gray County (2)  HodgemanCounty(1) Hodgeman County (1)  KiowaCounty(6) Kiowa County (6)  MeadeCounty(11) Meade County (11)
Dodge City is the county seat for Ford County
Adjacent to Ford County, Kansas
      Clark County (2)  
      Edwards County (6)  
      Gray County (2)  
      Hodgeman County (1)  
      Kiowa County (6)  
      Meade County (11)  
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1 Kansas, Ford County, Bloom — 96 — Fort Dodge - Camp Supply Military Road
The Fort Dodge - Camp Supply Military Road passed several hundred feet west of this marker. The route was established in 1868 during General Phillip H. Sheridan's winter campaign against Indians in Texas and the Indian Territory. This ungraded . . . Map (db m78809) HM
2 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — "Big Nose Kate"
Long time companion to Doc Holliday Worked as "Soiled Dove" in Dodge City and in Earp Women's brothel in WichitaMap (db m65306) HM
3 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — "Doc" Holliday
Dentist in Dodge City in 1878 Friend of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson Faro Dealer, Gambler and GunfighterMap (db m65278) HM
4 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Boot Hill
Boot Hill Cemetery 1872 - 1878 Second Public School 1878 - 1927 Municipal Building 1929Map (db m65385) HM
5 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Boot Hill Cemetery
This hill was not a pleasant place during the 1870’s. It was covered with buffalo grass, prickly pear and soapweed and was used as a burying ground for drifters, troublemakers, and unknowns from 1872 until 1879. As early as 1879 newspapers were . . . Map (db m62003) HM
6 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Carnegie Library Building
This building was constructed in 1907 with the financial assistance of Andrew Carnegie, Steel Magnate and nationally known philanthropist. Architect: C.W. Squires, Emporia Builder: William Foley, Dodge City City Library: 1907 - 1969 . . . Map (db m65354) HM
7 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Charles Rath
Frontiersman Buffalo Hunter and Hide Swapper Indian Trader Co-owner Chas. Rath & Co. General Store and Hide CompanyMap (db m65307) HM
8 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Dennis Weaver
Starred as "Chester" for nine years on Gunsmoke Star of Stage TV & Movies Star of TV Series McCloudMap (db m65308) HM
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9 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Dodge City, a frontier legend
The Santa Fe Trail was a busy overland route for fifty years before Dodge City was founded. The heavy freight wagons rumbled along where you are now standing. In 1865, Fort Dodge was established to provide protection for wagon trains and to . . . Map (db m65270) HM
10 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Dodge City, a railroad town
For decades, Dodge City's existence was tied to the railroad. When the first train arrived on the newly-laid Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad tracks in September 1872, stacks of buffalo hides were already waiting to be transported to eastern . . . Map (db m65283) HM
11 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Dodge City, full of excitement
The first structure built on the future site of Dodge City was a three-room sod house. Constructed by Henry L. Sitler, it was near the dusty ruts of the Santa Fe Trail, approximately 500 feet southwest of where you now stand. The "soddie" was . . . Map (db m65273) HM
12 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — 363 — Dodge City: Cowboy Capital
"If you stood on the hill above Dodge City, there was traffic as far as you could see, 24-hours a day; seven days a week on the Santa Fe Trail." —Henry L. Sitler, early settler Fort Dodge was established on the Santa Fe Trail in 1859 to protect . . . Map (db m204346) HM
13 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — El Capitan
This statue commemorates the Texas Longhorn that gave Dodge City its place in history as "Queen of the Cowtowns." The Longhorns are descendants of Spanish cattle brought to Mexico in the 16th century. Between 1875 and 1886, over 4 million head . . . Map (db m65271) HM
14 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — From 'Cattle Capital' to modern city
In the mid 1880s, economic factors contributed to a change in Dodge City's character. The cowtown era ended with the last Texas cattle drives in 1885. Two severe blizzards in that period destroyed the local range cattle industry. At the same . . . Map (db m65356) HM
15 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Gene Barry
TV's "Bat" Masterson in series, 1957-1961 Reprised his role in The Gambler Returns: Luck of the Draw 1991Map (db m65309) HM
16 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — 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 . . . Map (db m65387) HM
17 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — H.B. (Ham) Bell
. . . Map (db m65364) HM
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18 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Hugh O'Brian
Starred as Wyatt Earp on TV's first adult Western, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 1955 - 1960Map (db m65329) HM
19 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Longhorn cattle arrive
Dodge City became the buffalo-hunting capital of the world soon after it was founded in 1872. Within three years, however, the buffalo herds were depleted to the point that Dodge needed a new source of income. Longhorn cattle filled that need. . . . Map (db m65274) HM
20 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Milburn StoneKansas Native
Emmy Award for his role as "Doc" Adams on Gunsmoke Honorary Doctorate from St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge CityMap (db m65328) HM
21 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — My Trails Have Become Your Highways
Seven million head of longhorns marketed from Dodge City [18]70's - [18]80's Lest We Forget Modeled by O.H. Simpson, D.D.S.Map (db m65363) HM
22 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — On the Ashes of My Campfire This City is Built
Modeled by O.H. Simpson, D.D.S. Pioneer Dentist The model for this statue was Joe Sughrue A Cowboy and later Dodge City Chief of Police from 1933 to 1936Map (db m65384) HM
23 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — 65 — Santa Fe Trail1822-1872
[title is marker text]Map (db m204582) HM
24 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — 66 — Santa Fe Trail1822-1872
[title is marker text]Map (db m204343) HM
25 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — The 100th Meridian, Where East Meets West
"Experience teaches that it is not wise to depend upon rainfall where the amount is less than 20 inches annually. The isohyetal or mean rainfall line of 20 inches…in a general way…may be represented by the 100th meridian. [In this region] . . . Map (db m65287) HM
26 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — The Boot Hill Cemetery Site
This site became known as Boot Hill due to the custom of burying gunfighters with their boots on or behind their heads. It is estimated that 32 men and one woman were buried on this site. The names of many of these are unknown as they died . . . Map (db m65388) HM
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27 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — The Reading Garden
This garden stands as a tribute to J. C. Denious and his family, who owned and operated the "Dodge City Daily Globe" from 1910 to 1988. The newspaper has a history dating back to 1878 as a weekly publication, but Denious is credited as the Father . . . Map (db m65330) HM
28 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Veterans Memorial
[Honor Roll of Veterans] Almighty God, we ask Thy blessings upon these our comrades That Others May Live in Freedom To the American Soldiers, veterans who served, fought and died for our freedom. Kenneth L. Gladden . . . Map (db m65390) WM
29 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Wild and woolly Front Street
This map depicts businesses known to have existed along Dodge City's Front Street between 1878 and 1882. As the town grew, other establishments were located farther north of Front Street, as well as south of the railroad tracks. Modern street . . . Map (db m65272) HM
30 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Wyatt Earp
Buffalo Hunter Deputy Sheriff of Ford County - 1876 Assistant Marshal of Dodge City - 1877 Deputy Marshal of Dodge City - 1876-1879Map (db m65279) HM
31 Kansas, Ford County, Dodge City — Wyatt Earp
Called to Dodge City in 1876 and established law and order in a few years. He did the same thing for other cities and became known as the best law officer in the West. He was a quiet and decent man and caused considerable publicity for Dodge . . . Map (db m65386) HM
32 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Cemetery
Between the opening of the post in April, 1865, until its closing in October, 1882, about 150 burials were made at this cemetery. One of the earliest was that of the sixteen-year-old son of Henderson Boggs, a freighter. The boy was shot and . . . Map (db m65438) HM
33 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Commanding Officer's Quarters
The commanding officer's quarters was one of the last stone structures to be built. In the years before it was completed the officer and his family lived near the river in a four-room dugout, three feet below ground and four feet above. The . . . Map (db m65436) HM
34 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Enlisted Men's Barracks
Three barracks were completed in 1867, two built of stone and one of adobe. For about eighteen months, until the permanent buildings were finished, the men lived in seventy dugouts at the river bank. Each dugout accommodated four men, had bunks . . . Map (db m65425) HM
35 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Fort DodgeThe Western Terminus of the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Road
In the fall of 1867, the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Road was developed to transport merchandise, mail and passengers from the newly founded railhead at Hays City to Fort Dodge and on to Santa Fe via the established route of the Santa Fe Trail. Thus, . . . Map (db m65424) HM
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36 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — 75 — Fort Dodge
Fort Dodge, named for Maj. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, was established here in 1865. It was a supply depot and base of operations against warring Plains Tribes. Custer, Sheridan, Miles, Hancock, "Wild Bill" Hickok and "Buffalo Bill" Cody are figures . . . Map (db m65406) HM
37 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Hospital Reported unreadable
The first post hospital was built in 1865 of sod with a flat [illegible] and no floor. Poor drainage, damp conditions, and rodent infestation [illegible] the building unsatisfactory. This one-story stone building was begun [illegible] and was . . . Map (db m65430) HM
38 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Storehouse
Twin storehouses, each 130 ft. by 30 ft., and a bakery were the first stone buildings to be completed in 1867. The second storehouse stood a few yards to the east. The north ends of each building were partitioned to provide offices for post . . . Map (db m65427) HM
39 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Sutler Store
The Fort Dodge "sutler" store and buildings stood near this location. The civilian who kept a store in connection with a fort was known as the "sutler." He paid a fee for a monopoly to conduct all buying and selling on the military reservation. . . . Map (db m65409) HM
40 Kansas, Ford County, Fort Dodge — Wagnor Memorial Fountain
This fountain was presented to the Kansas Soldiers Home by Elizabeth Jackson in memory of her son, James S. Wagnor, who lost his life Oct. 8, 1942 while a Japanese prisoner of war.Map (db m65408) WM
41 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — A Fine Country…
"Long ago the Arapahoes had a fine country of their own. The white man came to see them, and the Indians gave him buffalo meat and a horse to ride on…the country was big enough for the white man and the Arapahoes, too…The government sent . . . Map (db m65508) HM
42 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Campsite of the U.S. Survey Team Sept. 10-21, 1825
Camping near this location Sept. 10, 1825, the survey team remained through September 21 waiting for a courier with information from the U.S. Government as to how to proceed further. West of the 100th meridian which surveyor Joseph Brown mistakingly . . . Map (db m65720) HM
43 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — 67 — Santa Fe Trail1822 - 1872
[Title is marker text]Map (db m65439) HM
44 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Santa Fe Trail Remains
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United . . . Map (db m65494) HM
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45 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Santa Fe Trail Sites to the East
Unlike the emigrant trails that took travelers west to Utah, Oregon, and California, the Santa Fe Trail mainly handled commercial traffic moving east and west. When Santa Fe became part of the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American . . . Map (db m65519) HM
46 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Santa Fe Trail Sites to the West & South
Pioneered by William Becknell in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail was a 900-mile overland road that connected Franklin, Missouri, with Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was an important commercial trade route. Near here, trail travelers had to decide which route . . . Map (db m65496) HM
47 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Santa Fe Trail, 1821 - 1880
Eighteen Miles a Day Hundreds of freight wagons laden with trade items once lumbered by here, passing just uphill from where you are standing. Large caravans took six to ten weeks to travel the 900 miles between Mexico (present-day New . . . Map (db m65512) HM
48 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Soule's Ditch
Local men, boys, and animals sweated long and hard to build the Eureka Irrigation Canal between 1884 and 1887. The long line below the ridge is a remnant of this early effort to irrigate semi-arid lands using the only reliable water source then . . . Map (db m65493) HM
49 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — The Worst Piece of Road
For 60 years, this prairie soil was torn by the hooves of mules, oxen, and horses, and compacted by the weight of the large freight wagons they pulled. The wagons of a caravan traveled four abreast to avoid dust and to quickly form defensive . . . Map (db m65440) HM
50 Kansas, Ford County, Howell — Trails on the Prairie
You are standing on a bluff above the Arkansas River, an international boundary between the United States and Mexico during the early years of the Santa Fe Trail. This area was prone to flooding and the ruts offer an excellent illustration of how . . . Map (db m65495) HM
51 Kansas, Ford County, Wright — 74 — The Road to Santa Fe
The Santa Fe trail, extending 750 miles from the Kansas City area to the old Spanish settlement of Santa Fe, was the great overland trade route of the 1820's to 1870s. Its commercial use began in 1821, when William Becknell headed west with a pack . . . Map (db m55277) HM
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May. 31, 2023