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Posted on: February 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Dodge City, KS Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!

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Dodge City, KS Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!


Dodge City.  The very name evokes mental pictures of the Old West. Every part of this onetime Hell on the Plains celebrates Old West history, from the cowboy statue on Boot Hill to the Longhorn steer lording over Wyatt Earp Boulevard.                                                                                       

That is one reason Dodge City is #6 among True West Magazine’s 2020 Top Western Towns. San Angelo, Texas took the top spot. They will be featured in the February-March 2020 issue, hitting newsstands on February 18, 2020.

Celebrate at this summer’s 60th Dodge City Days, a ten-day festival that draws 100,000 people to 50 events. Boot Hill Museum, named one of Kansas’s eight wonders, offers “Guns that Won the West” and “Indians of the Great Plains,” among other exhibits. Stroll a recreated Front Street into the authentically appointed Long Branch Saloon for a sarsaparilla or to watch Miss Kitty’s long-running variety show. On the Trail of Fame Walking Tour, see statues and numerous bronze medallions honoring famous and infamous characters, as well as actors who’ve played them. The newest attraction is a bronze statue of James Arness—Matt Dillon on TV’s Gunsmoke. The 1881 Mueller-Schmidt House is the oldest in town, made of limestone. The beautifully renovated 1898 Santa Fe Depot is a must-see, at 45,000-square feet the largest in Kansas. The lobby and dining room appear as they did originally

“Dodge City is a place where the Old West is still alive,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell.  “Through its various events, and buildings, and museums, it still tells the stories of long-ago, and it does so in fascinating fashion. It is truly a Top Western Town.”

This is the 15th 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. 

True West magazine is in its 68th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit or call 888-687-1881.

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Contact:  Senior Editor Stuart Rosebrook

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