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Five Fun Things to do in Dodge City

Kansas town is steeped in Old West history
by Matthew Price Published: August 17, 2014


201 E Wyatt Earp Blvd.

The former El Vaquero Harvey House and Depot has been renovated to its 1898 appearance, where it now houses the Depot Theatre. The former hotel lobby now has been restored to its original appearance, as a photo hanging in the room shows. Many original fixtures, flooring, woodwork and windows are part of the lobby.

The depot still serves its original purpose as well — the Amtrak stop in Dodge City is staffed by volunteer. The Harvey House dining room has been restored and can be used as meeting space.


Called the “Home of Stone,” this 1881 limestone house was built for the family of boot maker John Mueller. After the 1886 blizzard, he sold it to the Schmidt family, which lived in the house until 1965, when the home was sold to Ford County for use as a museum. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, visitors can tour the home, filled with period furniture and clothing. The knowledgeable tour guides are dressed in period attire and tell the stories of the only two families to ever live in the home.


The Dodge City Trail of Fame Inc. is a walking tour of the Old Dodge City historic district. Sidewalk medallions commemorate famous Dodge Citians, real and fictional. The 8-foot statue of lawman Wyatt Earp, dedicated in 2005, is a highlight of the tour.

Accommodations paid by Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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