I have to say I love history and I love to tour historic places so when it was suggested that we go to Dodge City Kansas I was all in and ready to go. After all the likes of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp once called Dodge City home.
So to Dodge City we traveled. Along the way we met up with our traveling partners who love history and the four of us found history and some oddities along the way.
The library in Greenburg Kansas. Did you know that Greensburg has the largest hand dug well? It does and we went to it only to find that on this Friday the 13th it was closed due to renovations.
The journey is always fun for me . Sometimes it is where you see the odd and off the wall kind of things like this (please be advised the picture you are about to see was taken with the cell phone) was just some ones home.
When we got to Dodge City we stopped in the visitor center only to find it is still in the winter hours for all the things to see. What we did find was a famous cowboy.
We went to lunch and found that Dodge has about twenty or so choices of mexican restaurants , several steak houses,and a few bars and one coffee house.
We were a little late for the museum so we drove around to find that due to winter hours things were closed so to the casino we went. I lost $8 at the penny machines so I stopped my gambling right then ( truly gambling's not my thing) The casino was pretty and had some pictures of old Dodge City and the people so I was able to find history info there and I loved it. I also signed up to be a club memember of the casino so I could get a souvenir. I hate to say it that there were no big winners in our group. So off to dinner we went and we found ourselves in Casey's Cowtown Yum Yum is all I can say about that. We also found the blue jean buffalo.
So back to the hotel we called it an early night . I have to say as we watched tv we found that the earlier weather conditions had changed. It appears that in Oklahoma it would be extremely stormy and the weather we watched all week had not had Dodge City in the weather pattern, the current conditions had changed in Dodge and Saturday would not be a huge tornado threat day... This brings me to a tip when traveling always know what county your are in. The next we awoke early to get every thing in before the storms. We were early so we took this time for some photo ops.
Above picture is downtown Dodge City Below Wyatt Earp
It is during this time ( the photo ops ) I found THE BEST part of my trip. The retired Marshal and now Special Deputy Marshal Charlie Meade. He explained to us that in the 1970's Dodge City was given alot of money for renovations of the historical buildings by our federal goverment . Dodge City took the money and tore down the buildings and built a parking lot. I got to be honest my heart broke I mean how could they. The building that was left was a saloon and it burnded down. This Marshal Meade was so knowlegeable he gave us quite a history lesson and he dressed the part. He totally made my trip.
Next stop was The Boot Hill Muesum this museum was the place were they tried to create the town that was torn down complete with the saloon. My BIG HINT for this muesum is go during the summer as they have all stores open as well as reenactments. This is a fun place and it was here were we took refudge from the rain and I had my first Sarsaparilla (FYI tastes alot like root beer) .
Wind blown and wet we might have been, but fun we had. This is where I need to warn you that if you get too drunk on Sarsaparilla you can be arrested.
Really Terry ... Really Mike... Like I am so sure....ha ha
Sheryl and I sprung the jail birds ,so off to church we took them.
This museum was fun. I wish it was all open .They had a great gift store and that made me happy. On this road trip we found that things were not what we had expected,
and along the way we had flats
and there were bumps , but what we had was great food, great company and alot of fun. We survivied the weather and have a great story. We survivied Super Cell Saturday. Take the time to road trip it is so fun.