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Brent Harris

2019 Cowboy Entertainer

“There’s more to being a cowboy than just knowing about cattle and horses.”

Brent Harris was born to David and Roma Harris on July 27, 1951 in Dodge City. Brent graduated from Dodge City High School in 1969. After graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saint Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas. On Nov. 30, 1987 he married Patricia Harris in Dodge City. This union produced two daughters Jamie Harris Rajewski and Katie Harris. He spent two years with a Blackfoot Indian Gentler treating troubled horses, training young horses and caring for cattle. For two years Brent worked on a 1,000 acre ranch caring for 400 cattle, 50 horses, 12 Angus bulls, two draft horses and six dogs. He handled calving, fixed fences, hauled hay and dunged out stalls. In performance of his duties he regularly drove five different horse drawn vehicles. Brent also had a pilot’s license. Brent worked as Director of Marketing for Humana Hospital and Director of Personnel for JAG Construction, both of Dodge City before going to work as Facilities Coordinator for Boot Hill Museum in 2000. Brent is proud of the construction and carpentry he had done for the Museum, but he is most noted as “Marshal Brent Harris the Face of Dodge City” and for his role as Chalkley Beeson in the Long Branch Saloon Variety Show. He has traveled throughout Kansas and beyond to showcase Dodge City and to entertain the many travelers to the region. At Boot Hill Museum he was the resident “storyteller” often dropping what he was doing to impart to guests the rest of the story. As the face of Dodge City, Brent’s rugged countenance has appeared on numerous visitor’s guides, magazines, postcards, brochures, television ads, websites and billboards. He even once graced the tail of an airplane. For a time he ran the Boot Hill Stage Line and was a Boot Hill Museum gunfighter. Representing Dodge City and Boot Hill Museum, he has done the honors at event openings and ribbon cuttings. He has earned numerous awards and honors including the 2010 Dodge City Daily Globe Readers Choice #1 Businessman, an Honorary Drover and Kansas Finest Award in 2012. In 2013 his was named the Marshal of Dodge City and Boot Hill Honorary Marshal. That same year he was Dodge City Days Parade Marshal. Brent was placed on the Wild West Walk of Fame in 2014, and received the 2018 Bronco Buster Award. Brent Harris has retired from Boot Hill Museum, but continues to step in and lend a hand when needed. Brent currently participated in the Dodge City Citizens Police Academy. He said “I figured I should learn what ‘real lawmen’ face.”