More on Good Old Dodge City, Kansas

Well senior Vaqueros, I told you I’d be back with the second session on this wonderful old historic town in Kansas.   Let’s put it back into perspective: Nickname(s): “The Cowboy Capital of The World“; “The Wicked Little City”; “Queen of the Cowtowns”; “Bibulous Babylon of the Frontier”. Motto: “Get The Heck Into Dodge.” That’s set the stage once more for the continuation of this travel blog, seniors, so enjoy your  stagecoach ride into town.

Historic Front Street

Old Dodge City, which includes Boot Hill Museum and Historic Front Street, is an accredited western history village museum located on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery in downtown Dodge City. Life in the 19th century is interpreted through audio-visual programs, exhibits, a reconstruction of Dodge City in 1867 restorations, and living history demonstrations.

Exhibits in the Boot Hill Museum include an extensive old west gun collection, Boot Hill Cemetery where unfortunate victims of the early days of lawlessness were buried, Fort Dodge jail, one of several original buildings at the fort still in existence, a one-room school, and the haunted 1878 Hardesty House, a restoration of a Victorian era cattleman’s home.

Other 19th century business exhibits include a general store, cigar store, dry goods store, barber shop, two saloons, drug store and doctor’s office, hardware store and saddlery, gunsmith, printing office, railroad depot, and blacksmith. A great spot for seniors to reconnoiter and bring back old memories of younger days.

Year-round Fun For Seniors in Dodge City

Each summer, the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce holds Dodge City Days, the city’s annual community festival. Lasting ten days, it includes the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, a parade, a beauty pageant, music concerts, a golf tournament, arts and craft shows, and other activities.

How about reining up at the Boot Hill B&B  and taking in the Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame.  Senior visitors can board the new Dodge City Trolley to get a nice overview of the town. Lick your chops at a five-star Vietnamese restaurant called Saigon Café.  And to get you into the “mood” to visit, Dodge City, join a cattle drive on the old Chisholm Trail. Smells like cattle huh?  You can almost hear those longhorns with their horns loudly clicking together in the drive.  Some say that you could hear the noise for miles.

Anyway…enjoy Dodge City, Kansas.  My wife and I did.  It’s a very special place partner!  jeb


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