Dodge City has had its share of outlaws buried beneath its soil. Now, residents can get a clearer picture of the people buried at Dodge City's cemeteries through a talk at Dodge City Public Library.
Titled “If tombstones could tell stories – Part 2,” the talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. It will be given by Nancy Trauer, former director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. The library hosted the first part of the talk last year, but because it was so well received the library decided to bring Trauer back again.
Trauer, who used to give cemetery tours, says that there is a lot of interest among the local population about the cemeteries.
“One reason this is interesting to people is that by telling the people's stories, it's another way of telling the history of Dodge City,” she said.
The talk will start out with a review of each of Dodge City's cemeteries, including Boot Hill, Prairie Grove and Maple Grove. Then the talk will move into the lives of those buried there. Trauer notes how those who are interested in their community might also be interested in those who lived and died there, saying that it was those people who made possible the community we live in today.
“In the early days Dodge City was a really violent town and eventually people moved in that wanted it to be a civil life town,” Trauer said. “And that faction is who eventually prevailed”
For more information on “If tombstones could tell stories – Part 2,” visit the library at www.dcpl.info.