Five residents of Pendleton, Ore. have been sworn in as Special Dodge City Honorary Marshals. The swearing in took place from Sept. 12 to 14 and was attended by retired Dodge City Deputy Marshal and Dodge City Special U.S. Marshal Charles Meade.
Outstanding citizens across the country are selected to be Special Dodge City Honorary Marshals. During the trip, Meade represented the Trail of Fame, which offers a walking tour of the Old Dodge City historic district.
“Pendleton was a beautiful city and we had a great time and everyone was so cordial and great and so we hope we influenced a few of them to come to Dodge City,” Meade said.
Meade said he received the invitation to come to Pendleton when some visitors to Dodge City asked if he would come to town to give tours and talk about Dodge City.
In 1965 Meade became Dodge City Deputy Marshal. At that point his police department changed their title from policemen to marshals. The marshals mostly operated off of horseback but were sworn policemen just like the others. Most recently Meade was appointed to Dodge City Special U.S. Marshal. Part of his duties included, with the assistance of a U.S. Marshal, transporting prisoners and serving federal papers.
“It was a great, great time in my life to even be thought of or have the honor to be Special Deputy US Marshal,” Meade said.
As for swearing in the Honorary Marshals, Meade said he was humbled by the invitation.
“I’m always very humbled to do those kinds of things and represent Dodge City in that respect,” he said.
Since retiring on Jan. 1, Meade spends much of his days giving guided walking tours of Dodge City. Those interested in taking a walking tour can contact the Trail of Fame at 620-561-1925 or Marshal Meade at 620-253-9231.