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Dodge City, Kansas

Over the past 100 years, Dodge City, Kansas has seen its fair share of excitement. As a hub of the cattle trade and a frontier town, it attracted all types of people, from buffalo hunters to drifters. When the settlement began, law enforcement was scarce. Dodge City became known as the most wicked town in the West and served as the inspiration for movies and television shows, including the Western drama series Gunsmoke.

Today, Dodge City is a little tamer, but it still retains its rich history. You can take a trolley tour to learn more about the town’s colorful past where you’ll pass statues of famous characters including Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.

Historical landmarks abound. Hike up Boot Hill to visit the notorious cemetery and appreciate the large selection of artifacts in the Boot Hill Museum. Tour the Boot Hill Distillery or relax with a glass of the only craft whiskey made in Dodge.

Exciting Dodge City Events
The high-spirited community puts together several western-themed events throughout the year to entertain visitors and locals alike. Dodge City Days takes place in the summer and brings together tradition with community pride in one of the largest events of the year. You won’t want to miss the parade!

You can also cheer at a local rodeo, watch the action at a racetrack and catch a concert from the many stars that frequent Dodge City. Christmas blends the old with the new. Front Street gets decked out with lights and decorations, and local organizations compete in a chili cook-off and holiday lights contest.

Family Attractions
If you visit with your kids, you can take advantage of all of these engaging events and historical attractions. You might also check out the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame or the Gunfighters Wax Museum.

Long Branch Lagoon Water Park is open seasonally and gives people of all ages the chance to cool off and inspire their inner child. Other family-friendly attractions in Dodge City include bowling, movie theaters and parks. Don’t miss the Wright Park Zoo, which offers free admission.

Don’t leave without recording your memories at the Old Dodge Photo Parlor. You’ll get to see what you would have looked like if you lived in Dodge City back in the day.

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