Home of Wyatt Earp and the Masterson brothers, Dodge City is an icon of the Wild West and has been featured in such television classics as Gunsmoke.
Early on, Dodge City serviced Texas cowboys with booze and prostitution. The liquor poured and the barrooms rumbled as the thunder of gunshots shook up the dusty air. Though gun-slinging probably did not happen as frequently as portrayed on film, this town certainly had its share of holster activity.
When a January 1886 blizzard ended any further cattle drives, Dodge City turned a corner in its history. The boisterous, beer-slugging town was tamed. It's legend lives, however, in the hearts and imaginations of anyone who has ever thrilled to stories of the Wild West.
The "Wickedest Little Town In America" has a population of 25,176 and a livelihood of agriculture. While a duel in the center of town is no longer appropriate entertainment, there's all sorts of Western-style restaurants and a heap of attractions to keep from boredom.
Boot Hill Museum recreates the Dodge City of the 1800s and is a must see for anyone interested in history while The Gunfighter's Wax Museum immortalizes some of the Wild West's legendary characters (real and fictional). Walking and trolley tours of the historic regions are a great way to get acquainted with the saga of the city.
Other points of interest include: Fort Dodge, Mueller Schmidt House, and the Santa Fe Trail.
Dodge City has a sporty side, as well. Speedsters appreciate Dodge City Raceway Park with its 3/8-mile asphalt track. Its grandstand holds up to 3,500 spectators and is handicapped accessible. There's also Dodge City Legend basketball played at the 2,400-seat Civic Center.
Golf is available at the 18-hole Mariah Hills Golf Course on Matt Down Lane. Sheridan Activity Center has a swimming pool, gym and weight room. And, camping is available at both the Gunsmoke Camp Grounds and the Water Sports Camp Grounds.
Dodge City, The Cowboy Capital, is located at the crossroads of US Highways 50, 56 283, and 400.