10 Interesting Facts About Dodge City, Kansas

Facts About Dodge City

Dodge City is one of the most famous towns in the Old West.

  1. Dodge City was founded in 1872 by brothers John and James Raine.
  2. The city was named after Colonel Samuel H. Dodge, who helped to establish it as a town in 1872.
  3. The first building built in Dodge City was a log cabin saloon called The White Elephant Saloon. This building burned down just one year later, but the town quickly rebuilt itself in brick and stone.
  4. By 1873, the town had grown so much that it was incorporated as a city and became an important stop on the Chisholm Trail.
  5. Today, Dodge City is known as a tourist destination because of its history and a wide variety of attractions.
  6. the city has a total area of 14.55 square miles (37.68 km2), of which 14.44 square miles (37.40 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.
  7. Dodge City earned its nickname “Gunsight” because of these frequent shootouts between outlaws and law enforcement officials. The location of these shootouts also earned Dodge City another nickname: “The Wickedest Little City In The World.”
  8. The town was named for Colonel Henry Dodge, a U.S. Army officer who commanded the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers during the Mexican-American War.
  9. Dodge City is located at 37°45′35″N 100°1′6″W (37.759671, −100.018212) at an elevation of 2,493 ft (760 m).
  10. In late 2023, Hilmar Cheese is scheduled to open a new $550 million cheese and whey protein processing plant in Dodge City.


Interesting Facts About Dodge City, Kansas
Interesting Facts About Dodge City, Kansas