by Brandon Noll
Reservation of about 12,000 acres. It was the most important military
outpost on the Santa Fe Trail from about 1858 to 1882. Land was
homesteaded by settlers and some land was purchased, coming from two
sources, the Santa Fe Land Grant and the Osage Treaty Lands. Dodge City,
was declared the county seat and was a famous frontier town and shipping
Mention ‘Dodge City’ to anyone above the age of five and the “wild
towns, Dodge City has been the most notorious and romanticized of the lot.
Dodge City was founded in 1872. It quickly began to rise to a major trade
center on the Santa Fe Trail. By September of 1872 the shiny steel rails of
the brand new Atchison, Topeaka, and Santa Fe Railroad stretched into
view. And Dodge City was waiting and began to grow at a record rate. But
in those early years Dodge City also obtained its infamous stamp of
military had no jurisdiction over the town, so lawlessness reigned. Buffalo
hasty need for a local burial place, and still a famous tourist attraction- Boot
was boasted that 24 men were killed in single year, which was a lot for back
City. Law and order came riding into town with such respectable peace
Too soon, however, the ultimate fate that swallowed up all the cattle
towns: in 1885 the state legislature passed a new quarantine law that closed
all of Kansas to the tick-infested cattle that were being driven up from
Texas. By the end of that year the trails were blocked by lines of barbed-
for the cattle towns also helped to make them anachronisms. They did this
by simply extending their lines into Texas.
Dodge City is world famous for “Boot Hill”, and “Front Street”, which
is located in the heart of Dodge City. In western lore Dodge City holds a
unique place as, one of the wildest and roughest towns on the frontier, its
reputation as, “the wickedest little city in America” was well founded. Front
a part of its legend as the names of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Bat
Masterson. There are deeds on file in the Register of Deeds Office with Bat
1928, was purchased by Ford County in 1989. All six floors renovated with
the Lobby and Mezzanine areas staying in its original design. County
offices moved to the “Ford County Government in May of 1991.
and St. Mary of the Plains College. Dodge City Community College
accounting to pre-veterinary medicine and hands-on technical training for
computer laboratory of 65 IBM and Macintosh computers prepares students
for such field robotics, computer-aided design and programming. St. Mary
of the Plains College offers 26 four-year degree programs for literally
thousands of careers. With medical campuses in Wichita and Topeaka, St.
Mary’s provides young minds with highly acclaimed academic programs and
a personal, small-city touch.
Ford County is the center of a large area that produces hard winter
wheat and grain sorghum. The principal market for the grain produced in
the southwestern part of the state is Dodge City. Other crops harvested are
total income is derived from the sale of livestock, and livestock raised in the
County, but sheep and hogs are also important. EXCEL, a beef packing
plant was constructed in 1979 employing over 1500 people. Hy Plains Beef
just completed an expansion on their facility.
So, I hope you have learned about Dodge City and Ford County. And