From Home to Home, and Back, Day 32: Dodge City and Its Hilly, Tree-lined Neighbours

September 23 took me through the rolling, forested hills of a far neighbour:  southwestern Kansas.  I find going through Dodge City, Garden City and their siblings to the west is the quickest way to get to Colorado from Oklahoma.  I drove up through the Cimarron Valley, out of Enid and into the Jayhawk State, rather than going through the Oklahoma Panhandle, as I did last time.  The Cimarron River was running a tad low.

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Soon enough, I was marveling at the Red Hills of Kansas, south and east of Dodge City.

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Medicine Lodge is the first community in a series of Kansas towns which figured large, in the story of the settlement of the West.

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The centerpiece of this area, though, remains the domain  of Marshal Matt Dillon and Wyatt Earp:  Welcome to Dodge!

 

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The Marshal was real,

 

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and he had a little jail.

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Everything else that is necessary to a viable community was also there- including school and church.

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Old Dodge City’s commercial area was as lively as that of much larger towns back East.  The pharmacy had, relatively speaking, a selection reminiscent of WalMart or CVS.

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The saloons and restaurants were numerous.

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In addition to the lawmen, even animals found their way into Dodge City lore.

 

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Dodge City had a small Town Green.

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Today’s Dodge is as upbeat and modern as any place in the USA.  The philosophical mien of this town is self-reliance, as indicated by this meme on the wall of  a local coffee house, Cup of Jones.

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I like to be nice to people, but there is something to be said for the person who wrote this.  I was soon to sit down with one of his/her kindred spirits, who is also one of my best friends.

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