On our way through Kansas we passed through the infamous Dodge City. This place is filed with historical lore from days past. We were not sure what to expect exactly but we were pleased with what little we did see. The Boot Hill Museum seems to be a center point of attractions for the city.
Back in the late 1800’s Dodge City was a gateway to the west. It was at one time the edge of civilization. Hard to imagine today as we drove by McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.
The hero of Dodge City has been Wyatt Earp who brought law and order to a town that once was in need of it.
Just past the Wyatt Earp Statue is the downtown district which includes a visitor center. The steer above is El Capitan a longhorn which represents the cattle history of Dodge City.
Just beyond the downtown area is the infamous Boot Hill Museum. This is the main place where Dodge City’s history has been preserved.
This is one of the parking entrances. The building is the entrance and gift store. The actual Boot Hill is located behind the building on a hillside. We opted not to do this tour because my wife’s joints were aching too much the day we went. There is an admission fee of $10 for adults ($8 for children) for a self-guided tour through the cemetery and town. This also includes a history video in the gift store.
The detail of the buildings has been preserved in this replica town which includes the Long Branch Saloon.
There is also this steam engine on display in the parking lot. You can view this for free. It is The Boot Hill Special steam locomotive.
Visiting Dodge City was interesting. While we can’t go back and visit in the late 1800’s the city has tried to keep some of their glorious history in tack. We happened to be passing through and hit some of the highlights but I look forward to going back someday to spend a little more time visiting and learning more.
For more general information about visiting Dodge City go to their website at:
This is the Boot Hill Museum website: