"Dodge is Tough like leather" Top 5 Page for this destination Dodge City by BruceDunning

Dodge City Travel Guide: 57 reviews and 148 photos

Cattle made and town-still here now-smell them?

The town is too tough to die. It started in 1871, and the cattle period only lasted 10-15 years. Cattle drives form Texas went to Dodge, or Abilene, to slaughter the cattle, and tan the leather. Only 500 people lived in Dodge for the first few years, and in 10 years the population got to 1,000. Cowboys came here to rest after the hard trail ride that took 3-4 months. Most were boys of 15-25 years old. After the railroad came to town, the cattle were loaded live to go east to Kansas City for slaughter, and leather goods processing. That left the town to eventually convert to agriculture as another industry. Now it is back to cattle slaughter and processing with 10,000-12,000 herd going through here daily to make meats and ancillary items. It employs about 2,000 workers.

Layout Map of the town area

The list below the map indicates there are a number of things to do and see here. In actual fact, only a couple of items are worth the tour. They displayed any and all items in the town; big or small, or even a number did not exist.

Diagram map of Boot Hill Museum

This is the one place to tour and see the reality of the old west. They have over 20,00 artifacts preserved in the buildings, and a replica of what an old west town from late 1800's is shown. The museum is a real treat to tour. It is laid out in a fashion like as in the old cowboy days, and you can tour each building which has authentic replicated goods and daily life. The museum also has a special building that explains the times back then and the impact on Indians and buffalo herds; both of which were tragically came close to being totally wiped out. Of 60 million buffalo at one time on the plain, only 500 remained by early 1900. Of around 2 million Indians on the plain, only 500,000 remained after killings and disease impacted the tribes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A relaxing venture into the out country
  • Cons:Only a few things to see/do
  • In a nutshell:What is left, and not much of that is tacky tourism
  • Last visit to Dodge City: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2009
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  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Nice summary of Dodge City. My summary impression is same as yours exactly after a recent 2 hour visit, but not nearly as detailed...

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2009 at 6:37 AM

    Hi, Bruce! Thanks for your description.... ><><><

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Excellent page Bruce. The Boot Hill Museum sounds fantastic. Thanks for the lovely tour!

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    A cop on Wyatt Earp Boulevard? Go figure! Fantastic tips. Would love to see Boot Hill.

  • michaila's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Your pictures are vey good. These little birds are one of my favorite memories -- so unique. Thanks for stopping to snap them. The smell of cattle being slaughtered hardly seems a fit "Fondest Memory". How about the "Strongest Memory".

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    A most interesting, helpful and informative page about Dodge City and area. Cliff swallows, bizzarre art, Boot Hill Museum were all great. Sad about the buffalo. Helpful warning for drivers. Great job, Bruce.


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