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Kansas Historical Marker

Dodge City The Cowboy Capital

Kansas State Historical Marker
Ford County
US-50 Business, Ford County
Roadside turnout, west of Dodge City

      For ten years this was the largest cattle market in the world and for fifteen it was the wildest town on the American frontier. Established with the coming of the Santa Fe in 1872, Dodge City became the shipping center of the Southwest. The hunters who exterminated the buffalo here marketed several million dollars worth of hides and meat. Hundreds of wagon trains carried supplies to Western towns and army posts.