Dodge City, KS
Passenger Service: PenAir offers scheduled passenger service
Airport: Dodge City Regional Airport - Dodge City, KS 67801
Runway(s): 4,649 ft. & 6,899 ft.
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. The city is famous in American culture for its history as a wild frontier town of the Old West. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,340.
Dodge City lies on the Arkansas River in the High Plains region of the Great Plains. Located at the intersection of U.S. Routes 50, 56, and 283 in Southwestern Kansas, Dodge City is 151 miles west of Wichita, 199 miles northeast of Amarillo, and 301 miles southeast of Denver.
Severe weather, including tornadoes, is common in the area, especially in the spring months. Dodge City is often cited as the windiest city in the United States, which results in occasional blizzards in the winter, even when snow fall does not accumulate much. On average, January is the coldest month, July is the hottest month, and June is the wettest month.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department maintains 21 parks in the city. The largest is Wright Park, located immediately south of downtown and home to the Dodge City Zoo. There are two golf courses in the city, one public and one private. Two galleries support an arts community. Located in the original public library building, the Carnegie Center for the Arts provides gallery space to local artists and houses the Dodge City Arts Council. The second gallery, the Second Avenue Art Guild, exhibits the work of regional artists in ceramics, photography, and other media. The Depot Theater Company, based in the former Santa Fe Railroad Depot, puts on theatrical productions throughout the year.
Each summer, the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce holds Dodge City Days, the city's annual community festival. Lasting ten days, it includes the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, a parade, a beauty pageant, music concerts, a golf tournament, arts and craft shows, and other activities. Two other annual events reflect the central role of agriculture in the local economy. The Ford County Fair is held in July. Also in July, the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association (WKMA) holds a 3i Show, an agri-business expo of agricultural products, technologies, and services.
Located in and around the city are a number of historical sites, museums, and landmarks dedicated to Dodge City's Old West heritage. The Boot Hill Museum, located downtown, contains thousands of artifacts and a variety of exhibits portraying the culture of the city's early years. To capitalize on its heritage, the city promotes its downtown business district as historic Old Doge City complete with Western-themed tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants. Visitors can tour the district by trolley or by taking the Dodge City Trail of Fame walking tour.
Excerpts taken from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_City,_Kansas July