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About Ford County

About Us

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to Dodge City and Relive a Legend! When you make your “get away” to Dodge City, you’ll find everything you need to ensure a memorable time. Dodge City offers the perfect retreat, plenty of peace and quiet for a productive meeting, and when your business is done, the charm and excitement of the old west are close at hand! You’ll feel at home in Dodge City, just as the cowboys did in the 1870s. 

We are delighted you are considering visiting Dodge City.  The Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to welcome you to Dodge City – the Wickedest Little City in the West.  Once you have arrived in Dodge City, you’ll want to stop at the Visitor Information Center, located at 400 W. Wyatt Earp Boulevard (Highway 400) for information, brochures and a rest stop before seeing all of our Old West attractions.

Attractions

Boot Hill Museum- 500 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.
Located at Front Street & Fifth Avenue, facing Wyatt Earp Blvd. is an accredited western history 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 1876 and old west restorations.  Daily summer entertainment includes living history displays, stagecoach rides through downtown Dodge City, gunfight re-enactments, and a Long Branch Saloon Variety Show is offered every evening beginning Memorial weekend through mid-August.  (The Long Branch Variety Show and dinner are available year round for groups by reservation.)  Admission is charged.  The Museum is open year round, daily.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Memorial Day to Labor Day hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Off Season hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, call 620-227-8188 or check out their website:  Boot Hill Museum
 
Boot Hill Casino and Resort- 4000 W. Comanche
Saddle up and head for legendary Dodge City, Kansas the home of Boot Hill Casino & Resort. If you’re a stranger, you’ll be greeted like a friend- and feel like one too. Designed to recreate the feeling of the elegant old west, this casino is one of a kind.
 
Try your luck and hit it big on some of the hottest slots in Kansas. Enjoy 800 slot machines and 18 table games including Blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker. Limit and no limit games available. 
 
Within walking distance to the Casino is the new Hampton Inn & Suites with 108 rooms including luxury suites. Also adjacent is the United Wireless Arena and Conference Center with exciting events to entertain you as well. 
 
 
Carnegie Arts Center- 701 N. Second Ave
Located at 701 N. Second Avenue, this restored Andrew Carnegie Library building now features a variety of art exhibits.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Sites and boasts an unusual classical architectural design.  The Center is open Tuesday through Firday, noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.  Free Admission.  For more information call 620-225-6388 or check out their website:  Carnegie Center for the Arts
  
Depot Theater Company & Santa Fe Depot- 201 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 
 Located at 201 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. is a beautifully renovated train depot, the largest in the state.  This building once housed the Harvey House and restaurant and is rented for parties and meetings.  Also housed in this facility is a state of the art theater.  Dinner theater productions performed throughout the year.  Call for reservations and guided tours through the building.  For more information call 620-225-1001 or check out their website:  Depot Theater Company
 
Dodge City Law Arena Football- 4100 W. Comanche
Proud members of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The CPIFL will be entering its second season of play, and is one of several indoor football leagues throughout the United States bringing hard-hitting, fast-paced, “so close you could FEEL it” action to Southwest Kansas. Playing their home games at United Wireless Arena, you’ll want to get in on the exciting sporting entertainment in the Old West’s ‘Wickedest Little City’. For more information call  620-371-7240 or check out their website: Dodge City Law Arena Football. 
 
Dodge City Raceway Park- 11322 110 Road
 At Hwy 56 & 14th Avenue, this facility is one of the countries finest 3/8 mile dirt racetracks.  The National Sprint Tour and World of Outlaws races are two of the featured events at this track.  Racing season runs April through October.  For more information call 620-225-8299 or check out their website: Dodge City Raceway Park
 
 
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo- 608 S. 14th Ave. 
A ProRodeo Hall of Fame Event is 6-day event that ends the first Sunday of August, during Dodge City Days.  Other events at this facility includes horse shows, roping events, concerts and more. Call for a schedule of events 620-225-2244 or check out their website:  Dodge City Roundup
 
 
Dodge City Trail of Fame- Historic Downtown Dodge City
The Trail wends its way through the Dodge City historic district from the newly restored Santa Fe Depot, sundial park and railroad caboose on the east to the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Boot Hill Museum on the west.  Famous and historic western figures memorialized include Wyatt Earp, “Bat” Masterson, “Doc” Holliday, Gen. George A. Custer, “Big Nose” Kate Elder to name just a few.  Many of the main cast members of “Gunsmoke,” including James Arness, Amanda blake, Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis and Buck Taylor are also installed.  The current centerpiece of the Dodge CIty Trail of Fame is the larger than life “Wyatt Earp, Famous Dodge City Lawman.”  This 9′ bronze statue, by Mary Spurgeon, is located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Wyatt Earp Boulevard.  Guided tours available by special arrangement.  For more information call 620-561-1925.  Check out their website at Dodge City Trail of Fame
 
 
Dodge City Zoo- 71 N. Second Avenue
 Located in Dodge City’s largest park, the zoo is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during inclement weather.  Free Admission.  For more information call 620-225-8163 or check out Dodge City Zoo.
 
 
Fort Dodge- Highway 400
Long before Dodge City was a hustling, bustling cattle town, Fort Dodge was established to protect railroad workers and travelers on the Santa Fe Trail from the Plains Indians.  Today the Fort is utilized as a retirement community and nursing facility for retired Kansas veterans. A historic library and self-guided walking tour tell the fort’s history to visitors.  Many of the original buildings are still in use.  The Fort is located 5 miles east of Dodge City on Highway 400.  For more information call (620) 227-2121. 
 
 
Gunfighters Wax Museum- 603 5th Ave.
Visit the GunfightersWax Museum, located adjacent to Boot Hill Museum at 603 Fifth Avenue and see the life-size wax figurines of famous western personalities like: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday, and many more!  Open May – September.  For more information, call (620) 225-7311.
 
 
Historic Trolley Tours- 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.
Hop on the air-conditioned Dodge City Trolley for a one hour, narrated tour of our historic sites. Tickets are sold at the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day)  Tours at 9:30 a.m. , 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. For more information contact (620) 225-8186 or 1-800-OLDWEST.  The trolley is also available for rent for special occasions.
 
Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame- 603 5th Ave.
The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame is the first one of its kind in the United States. It is dedicated to the early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to this fine profession.Located adjacent to Boot Hill Museum at 603 Fifth Avenue, the Hall of Fame is open May to September and is free to the public.  For more information call (620) 225-7311.
 
Kansas Heritage Center- 1000 N. Second Ave.
The Heritage Center offers resources for teachers and anyone interested in the history of Kansas, the Old West and the Great Plains.  Historical Exhibits are also on display. The Heritage Center sells Kansas and Dodge City items as well. For more information call (620) 227-1616.
 
Liberty Garden- 71 N. Second Ave.
Located in historic Wright Park, Dodge City’s Liberty Garden was designed as a place of remembrance and solitude.  Dodge City is honored to be the first community in Kansas to receive a portion of the World Trade Center. The 4-foot section of steel is placed under the U.S. Flag and between two 110 inch replicas of the twin towers. The 1,200 lb. piece of steel was recovered from Ground Zero in New York City.  Liberty Garden also features a portion of the Pentagon building at the crash site of 9-11.  Soon to be put in place are stones from the field in Pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed.  Dedicated on September 11, 2002, the Liberty Garden is open to everyone as a place of reflection and honor.
 
Mueller-Schmidt House- 112 E. Vine
Built to be one of the most splendid homes in Dodge City, Ford County’s “Home of Stone” lives up to this, even today. It remains the lone stone house in Dodge City, elegant in its simplicity of line. It can also claim the distinction of being the oldest building in Dodge City that is still on its original site.  The House is open to the public May to September and is free of charge (donations accepted).  [For more information]
 
Old Dodge Photo Parlor- 214 1/2 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd
 Located in historic downtown Dodge City at 214 1/2 West Wyatt Ear, specializing in 1880s style photography, this is a must stop location. Many folks over the years have made their trip to Dodge City much more memorable by having their photos taken in the style and dress of the old west by visiting Old Dodge Photo Parlor.  For more information call (620) 225-2929.
 
Santa Fe Trail
Tracks of the original wagon trail used by pioneers from 1821 to 1872 are located nine miles west of Dodge City on US 50. This site, which contains the largest continuous stretch of clearly defined tracks along the entire route of the trail, is easy to reach. — watch for the “Historic Marker” signs. For more information call (620) 227-8188.
 
Second Avenue Art Guild- 608 N. Second
Dodge City’s newest art gallery and premier artist operated guild has original artwork by regional artists working in ceramics, glass, pastels, drawings, sculpture, photography, wood, jewelry, acrylic and oil. For more information check out their website: Second Avenue Art Guild.
 
United Wireless Arena- 4100 Comanche
Dodge City’s state-of-the-art multipurpose facility built for the community. The Arena hosts concerts, sporting events, family shows, motorsports, trade shows, rodeos, equestrian events, and community events. There’s something for everyone in the event lineup. With the capability of ice floors for hockey, ice skating season generally starts in September and ends in December. Skating is scheduled open to the public during this time and skates are available for rent. 
 
The United Wireless Arena houses 12 private suits. Suites are leased annually and the United Wireless Arena house suit is available for lease on an event-by-event basis. The Arena also houses 150 premium loge seats on the suite level of the arena available for lease on an annual basis, with a few available for lease on a per event basis. The Conference Center at the United Wireless Arena features 7,000 square feet of meeting space, with multiple room configurations to accommodate a wide variety of events, large and small. The facility has a large banquet room, approximately 7,000 square feet of conference.meeting space. This room can be divided into 6 separate spaces. The Arena also offers 4 small meeting rooms on the suite level. For more information call 620-371-7390 or check out their website: United Wireless Arena
 
 
Spearville Windfarm
Spearville, KS- From Dodge City-17 miles east on US Hwy 50
One of the area’s largest ‘field’ of graceful giants on the Kansas Prairie. A kiosk is located just off US Hwy 50 on the north in Spearville to describe the efforts of this fascinating energy gathering operation. The windmills can be seen for miles on the wide open land of southwest Kansas. 
 
Windthorst’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Church- 10845 131 Spur
Spearville, KS-From Dodge City-22 mi. east on US Hwy 50, approx. 6 mi. south
Built in 1911 to 1913, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Windthorst is a beautiful church from the early 20th century. At the 1913 dedication, it was declared as one of the finest buildings in western Kansas. Bishop Hennessy told the congregation at the dedication mass and ceremony “that they had erected one of the greatest tributes of gratitude and faith in the west.” Open Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm free of charge, this beautiful building, on the National Register of Historic Places, is worth the trip off the beaten path to see. For more information call 620-659-3470 or check out their website Windthorst’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

Contact Us

Our Address
400 W. Wyatt Earp BoulevardDodge City, KS 67801
Our Phone Numbers·         Ph: (620) 225-8186·         Ph: (800) 653-9378 [800-OLD-WEST]·
Fax: (620) 225-8268Email requests:  cvb@dodgecity.org  Visit our web site:  www.visitdodgecity.org

Our Staff
Jan Stevens – Director
Sandie Masden – Publicist
Chris Haselhorst – Convention & Group Coordinator
Colleen Hastings – Visitor & Community Coordinator
Debbie McLaughlin – Receptionist
DeAnn Schraeder – Receptionist
Kay Rose – Office Clerk

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