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Dodge City, Kansas Historical Markers

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
"Big Nose Kate" Marker
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 Wichita — Map (db m65306) HM
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — "Doc" Holliday
Dentist in Dodge City in 1878 Friend of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson Faro Dealer, Gambler and Gunfighter — Map (db m65278) HM
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — Boot Hill
Boot Hill Cemetery 1872 - 1878 Second Public School 1878 - 1927 Municipal Building 1929 — Map (db m65385) HM
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — Boot Hill Cemetery
This hill was not a pleasant place during the 1870s. 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
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
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — Charles Rath
Frontiersman Buffalo Hunter and Hide Swapper Indian Trader Co-owner Chas. Rath & Co. General Store and Hide Company — Map (db m65307) HM
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — Dennis Weaver
Starred as "Chester" for nine years on Gunsmoke Star of Stage TV & Movies Star of TV Series McCloud — Map (db m65308) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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 1991 — Map (db m65309) HM
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
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — H.B. (Ham) Bell
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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 - 1960 — Map (db m65329) HM
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
Kansas (Ford County), Dodge City — Milburn Stone Kansas Native
Emmy Award for his role as "Doc" Adams on Gunsmoke Honorary Doctorate from St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City — Map (db m65328) HM
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
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 1936 — Map (db m65384) HM
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
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
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 . . . — Map (db m65330) HM
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
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
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 - 1876-1879 — Map (db m65279) HM
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

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