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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Sutler’s Store to hold Grand Opening

  • In the time of Fort Dodge’s heyday, the person who kept a store that was connected to the fort was known as the “sutler.” At Fort Dodge, the Sutler’s Store sold food stuffs, wagon repairs, firearms and ammunition, dry goods, along with tools and utensils. The commanding officer regulated the sale of li...
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  • In the time of Fort Dodge’s heyday, the person who kept a store that was connected to the fort was known as the “sutler.” At Fort Dodge, the Sutler’s Store sold food stuffs, wagon repairs, firearms and ammunition, dry goods, along with tools and utensils. The commanding officer regulated the sale of liquor. Soldiers, trail travelers and Indians visited regularly. Recently, however, the Sutler’s Store has stood in disuse. That was until July, when the store officially reopened. Now, Dodge City residents can celebrate the renewal of the Sutler’s Store at a Grand Opening at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The Sutler’s Store served as a café and post office until it was closed for economic reasons. Now, it serves as a restaurant with a limited menu open to the public Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “It serves a decent purpose for our residents and for all the locals that want to stop by and have lunch or breakfast,” Rod Maddy, business manager for the Kansas’ Soldiers Home, said. Located five miles east of Dodge City, Fort Dodge was established in 1865. It encompassed 43,000 acres and troops at the fort campaigned against the Indians and protected stagecoaches, mail and railroad construction crews who traveled the Santa Fe Trail. Located on the grounds of the fort is the Kansas Soldiers’ Home, a living and health care facility for veterans and their dependents. A re-opening of an on-grounds pond for Soldiers’ Home residents will accompany the grand opening of the Sutler’s Store. Part of the income from the Sutler’s Store will go toward the benefit fund for those living at the Kansas Soldiers’ Home. The benefit fund is used for therapeutic and social purposes for residents. But the Sutler’s Store isn’t just meant for the Soldiers’ Home. “The reopening is an indication that the fort is thriving and wants to be a part of the community,” Maddy said.

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