Recently, there were two editorials which appeared in the Dodge City Daily Globe that we feel need addressing.  The first was the letter from Stephen Richey, the visitor from California who was disappointed in Boot Hill.  The second was from the Globe editor, who expressed regret at the possible demolition of local historical sites.

 

First of all, we will address Mr. Richey’s concerns.  While we are sure that, as a community, we appreciate feedback from visitors as to both the strengths and weaknesses of our local attractions, it is obvious that Mr. Richey did not fully understand what Boot Hill is all about.  What a shame to come all the way from California, thinking Boot Hill is some kind of shopping district that is history related.  Anyone having been to Boot Hill knows that, while shopping is available to some extent, it is actually a museum.  This is also a good time to point out that Boot Hill Museum is one of the finest in existence when it comes to the Old West.  Dodge City is far from dead, Mr. Richey, and we hope the next time you are in Dodge you will break loose with that nine dollars and see what an awesome museum we have.



Next, the Globe editor points out the possibility of history repeating itself with the potential demolition of other historic landmarks in our community.  As a City board, the Dodge City Historic Landmark Commission oversees such actions. We do our best to protect and preserve landmarks of historic significance within the City limits. We do all we can to prevent the demolition of designated historic sites. The editor does make a good point, in that if we want to preserve something, we owe it to ourselves, as a community, to see that those sites do not fall into disarray.  There are many sites worthy of saving including the old municipal building, the old Trinity Hospital building, the Hinkle House, the Dodge Theater, and several others out there.  Not to say that any of those are ready for the wrecking ball, but certainly they are worthy of noting as being historically significant.  The editor notes that with the added revenue coming in to the City from the casino, perhaps some of the money could be used to preserve our history.  This is absolutely a good point that we endorse wholeheartedly.

 

We live in a great community, rich in history.  Long live Dodge City, Mr. Richey.  



Dodge City Historic Landmark Commission



Terry Lee, Chairman

Don Pearce, Vice Chairman

Janice Klein

Charlie Meade

Kathryn Bell