Relive the Old West Legend of Dodge City Through Exhibits, Education and Entertainment.
  • Boot Hill Museum Front Street
  • Boot Hill Museum Variety Show
  • Boot Hill Museum Street Front

Relive the Legend

The exciting and unique story of early Dodge City is told daily along Front Street at Boot Hill Museum.  The area’s rich history dates back to the Native Americans who thrived off the land and the buffalo.  The establishment of the Santa Fe Trail brought settlers to the area and introduced the potential of what is known as the Great American Dessert.  The arrival of the U. S. Army prompted the building of Fort Dodge and soon to follow was the establishment of a rough and rowdy cattle town known as Dodge City.  Law and order was soon recognized and Dodge City became a civilized frontier town and a center of commerce on the prairie.

Boot Hill Museum is located on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery and highlights the glory days of the Queen of the Cow towns with creative, lively, interactive displays and activities the entire family will enjoy.  Boot Hill Museum is open all year long where you can belly up to the bar for a cold sarsaparilla, enjoy some of grandma’s homemade fudge in the General Store or take home a lasting memento of your old west experience from the Boot Hill gift shop.

During the summer months, children’s activities, gunfight reenactments, country-style dinners and the Long Branch Variety Show provides entertainment like none other!  Cool off in the Beatty and Kelley Ice Cream Parlor before you become a character of the past in an Old West Photo.

Relive the Legend at Boot Hill Museum in historic downtown Dodge City!

Museum History Pieces

Historically Speaking

Historically Speaking

Historically Speaking, is a series of articles prepared by our curatorial and research department. They are busy  researching and writing and telling the story of Dodge City through our exhibits at Boot Hill Museum, and with stories here! Be sure to check back often to learn about the colorful citizens and happenings of Old Dodge…

Chalkley Beeson, Dodge City’s “Man of the Hour”

Chalkley Beeson, Dodge City’s “Man of the Hour”

Chalkley Beeson is perhaps one of the most important figures of Dodge City history and of Boot Hill Museum. Proprietor of Long Branch Saloon, the Saratoga Saloon, founder of the Dodge City Cowboy Band, Ford County Sheriff, State Legislator, prominent rancher, the list goes on and on. There is so much to tell about him,…

Mayor Alonzo B. Webster, “Dodge City’s Fighting Mayor”

Mayor Alonzo B. Webster, “Dodge City’s Fighting Mayor”

Alonzo B. Webster was born in Pembroke, New York in 1845. As a young man he enlisted in the United State Army and served in the Civil War. Following the war he went in search of finding wealth west and settled in Fort Hays, Kansas. He went into business for himself and soon earned a…

Frederick Carl Zimmermann

Frederick Carl Zimmermann

Frederick Carl Zimmermann was born in Germany in 1833. As a young man he became an expert in the trade of locksmith and gunsmith. He worked for a time in the eastern part of America, but after marrying, headed west to practice his trade, which was highly sought after. F.C. and his wife Matilda came…