Dodge City, founded in 1872, sprang from nearby Fort Dodge Henry’s Sitler’s sod house, at the edge of the fort’s territory, had become a frequent rest stop for traders in the years after the fort was established. Dodge City grew into a major shipping point for first buffalo and then cattle when the railroad arrived that same year.
Dodge City is perhaps the most famous Old West town. The long running radio and TV show “Gunsmoke” was set in Dodge City, and famous old westerners such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson served as lawmen there.
Today Dodge City preserves it’s western heritage chiefly through the Boot Hill Museum and Front Street, which houses a museum, a recreation of Front Street buiilt in 1958, Boot Hill Cemetery. During the summer a country-style dinner can be purchased, gunfights can be seen and the saloon has a small variety show.
The city of 25,000 is serviced by most major fast food and casual dining restaurants, a regional airport, and a host of major hotel chains.