Profile for Dodge City, Kansas, KS
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"Cowboy Capital," "Queen of the Cowtowns," "Beautiful Bibulous Babylon of the Frontier"
Dodge City is a city in Ford County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after nearby Fort Dodge, which was named after Col. Henry I. Dodge.
The latitude of Dodge City is 37.752N. The longitude is -100.016W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,493 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 25,568.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Dodge City demographic reports
Dodge City is on the Arkansas River.
The Army built the fort here to protect travelers on the nearby Santa Fe Trail. Huge herds of buffalo were slaughtered in the region, with Dodge City the center for tanning and shipping the hides.
With the extinction of the buffalo, the community became a rugged cow town. The last cattle drive through the area was in 1885.
For a short period of time, before the community gained a real cemetery in 1878, Boot Hill Cemetery was a common burial ground. Authorities had little control of the town and gun fights were so common that people were said to "die with their boots on."
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 173. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 6.8 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Dennis Hopper, actor
· Wyatt Earp, frontier lawman
· Bat Masterson, lawman
Local festivals include:
- Dodge City Days - July 27-Aug. 5, 2007
- Ford County Fair - July 20-24, 2007
- Old West Fun Fest - May 26, 2007
- Spring Festival - May 12, 2007
- Dodgetober Fest - Oct. 6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Dodge City web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic routes: Santa Fe Trail
Historic sites and museums: Boot Hill Museum, Kansas Heritage Center, Santa Fe Depot
Colleges and universities:
Dodge City Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Morning sun in our eyes. Dodge City lies ahead beyond those towers of grain, beneath that yellow eastern haze.
-- The Fool's Progress
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Ancestry & family history
21% of Dodge City residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Dodge City ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Dodge City was $15,538, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Dodge City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dodge City festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Dodge City Days - J
- Ford County Fair - J
- Spring Festival - M
- Old West Fun Fest - M
- Dodgetober Fest - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Dodge City festival web sites:
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Median rent in Dodge City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $357. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $791.
Libraries in Dodge City include Dodge City Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Dodge City include Dodge City Globe
TV stations in Dodge City include KDCK.
Ford County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Dodge City political report.
The average commute time for Dodge City workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Dodge City between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Dodge City include Budget Host Inn, Comfort Inn, Dodge House Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Super 8, Travelodge.
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“ Morning sun in our eyes. Dodge City lies ahead beyond those towers of grain, beneath that yellow eastern haze. ”
~ The Fool's Progress
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