After a 21-year career with Ford County, Van Tenny went behind the wheel of the Dodge City Trolley in 2010 and loved every bit of it.

"I had drove for weddings and shuttles off and on but once I retired from the county I was asked if I wanted to do the tours," he said. "I didn't know if I would be a good tour guide but it didn't take long to get me hooked."

With 7 years of driving, Tenny was able to meet and welcome people all over the world to Dodge City.

Especially people visiting from Australia.

"I enjoyed the Australians," he said. "I think our cultures are so similar so they like to come and see how we do things here.

"I remember one couple told me that they came to the states and shipped their Winnebago to drive from coast to coast.

"It was very interesting to talk with them."

On Sept. 10, the Convention and Visitors Bureau held a retirement reception for Tenny.

"My wife and I were also celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary at that time so there will a lot of friends and family that attended," Tenny said. "It went very well."

With retirement, Tenny said he will just enjoy it for the time being but may look for something to do. One takeaway he had from driving the trolley was the people.

"I have always thought that the people at the CVB and the trolley drivers were the first contact tourists had when they came into town," he said. "It was our job to put our best foot forward and impress them and get them to stay the night.

"It paid off to be a good host because we wanted people to enjoy their time here and come back."

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