Dodge City, Kansas is Named Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!
Dodge City, Kansas is Named Top True Western Town by True West Magazine! Maps show Dodge City on the plains of southwestern Kansas. But in a larger sense the “Queen of the Cow Towns” exists somewhere in the misty borderlands between history and imagination, an icon branded into popular culture as the epitome of the Old West. And it is still there to enjoy. And that's why Dodge City is #1 among True West Magazine's 2014 Top Western Towns. They will be featured in the February 2014 issue, on newsstands on January 7, 2014. Former residents like Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday would feel right at home in today's Dodge. The town has nearly two-dozen locally designated landmarks, as well as 11 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sidewalk medallions and statues on the Trail of Fame commemorate many of the town's most famous characters, both real and fictional (you'll remember many from Gunsmoke.). The Boot Hill Museum illustrates local history with thousands of artifacts, photos and documents. And you can sample the Old West at some of the annual events like Dodge City Days, a 10-day festival featuring parades, concerts and Western art shows, rodeo and more. “If you love the Old West, you must visit Dodge City,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “The history is alive, surrounding you. Residents have done an outstanding job of preserving and telling the local story. Dodge City is a most worthy recipient of our Top Western Town award.” This is the ninth year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.