The John Mueller family on Emelia Mueller\\'s wedding day, June 12, 1889.
The history of Ford County, Kansas "Home of Stone"
An Old West Cattleman\\'s Mansion
"...the finest residence in the West"- Dodge City, Kansas Times, 1881
(Listed on the National Register of Historic Places)
The Mueller-Schmidt House kitchen.
Ham Bell\\'s New Year card, circa 1935. FCHS, all rights reserved.
"Big Nose" Kate Elder, biography of "Doc" Holliday\\'s long-time friend
The history of the Old West -- the buffalo hunters, cattlemen, cowboys, lawmen and gunfighters, merchants, and pioneer families -- of the Cowboy Capital, Dodge City, the Queen of the Cowtowns, and Fort Dodge, the Santa Fe Trail, and Ford County, Kansas
Territorial Kansas, 30 May 1854
Kansas Day, 29 January 1861
Ford County, Kansas Organization
Filed, 1 October 1872
Signed, 5 April 1873
Dodge City Town Company, 15 August 1872
Incorporated, 5 November 1875
Front Street, Dodge City, c. 1879, looking west from Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train depot. John Mueller\\'s bootshop, the first in Dodge City, with black boot in front, is third building from right. Dodge House hotel is second.
William B. \\'Bat\\' Masterson, Ford County Sheriff and Dodge City citizen. All rights reserved, FCHS.
Ham Bell, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson: Dodge City Lawmen
- Lawmen of Dodge City and Ford County, KS (New Photos)
- Ham Bell and "The Last Round-Up," Dodge City Daily Globe, October 11, 1929
- "Ham Bell\\'s Birthday Picnics," "Longest living Old West Frontier Marshall and Sheriff," , 1853 - 1947.
- H.B. (Ham) Bell, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Pioneer Sheriff, Mayor of Dodge City and Grand Old Man of the Southwest
- Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal, by Stuart N. Lake, 1931
- Wyatt Earp, by John H. Flood, Jr., 1926; early biography of Earp
- Wyatt Earp Family History
- "Wyatt Earp Back In Town," Dodge City, KS Times, July 7, 1877
- The True Story of Clay Allison and Wyatt Earp, by Roger Myers
- Wyatt Earp Deposition, 1878, Concerning "Skunk Curley", Dodge City
- Dodge City Shootout: The Deaths of Levi Richardson and Frank Loving, by Roger Myers - Includes Charlie Bassett, Marshal of Dodge City
- Bat Masterson November 26, 1853 âï¿½ï¿½ October 25, 1921; Biography
- "W.B. \\'Bat\\' Masterson Returns to Dodge," by Robert K. DeArment
Dodge City Peace Commission, June, 1883. Wyatt Earp, front row, second from left. Bat Masterson, back row, third from left.
Braddock Old West Photograph Gallery
Images of pioneers, cowboys, lawmen, old Dodge City
Featured history articles:
I think it was the distinguishing trait of Wyatt Earp, the leader of the Earp brothers, that more than any man I have ever known, he was devoid of physical fear. He feared the opinion of no one but himself and his self respect was his creed. W. B. \\'Bat\\' Masterson, Tombstone Prospector, August 16, 1910
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- "Adobe Walls Fight," from The Rath Trail (with drawing)
- April 5, 1873: Ford County, Kansas Is Organized
- Chalk Beeson and Bob Rath, son of Charles Rath, with Willy\\'s Overland Car, 6-Cylinders, circa 1910, Dodge City, Racing In Kansas
- "The Bull Fight at Dodge," from Kansas Historical Quarterly
- "Benjamin Cardozo Meets Gunslinger Bat Masterson," from the NY State Bar Assoc. Journal
- Churches in Old Dodge City with photograph
- Coronado Cross, east of Ft. Dodge, Kansas
- "Cowboy Capital," from The Rath Trail, Dodge City 1872
- Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine Dodge City Doctor; Kansas State Board of Health; with photograph; from KSHS - Don\\'t Spit On Sidewalk fame
- Dodge City Policeman LeRoy Davis Sacrifices His Life May 18, 1929
- "The Dodge City Cowboy Band," from Kansas Historical Quarterly
- Dodge House Hotel, 1873, from Reminiscences of a Soldier\\'s Wife, by E. M. Biddle, 1907 - Only known description of the inside of the most famous Dodge City Old West hotel
- Dodge City Trail of Fame
- Grenville M. Dodge April 12, 1831 - January 3, 1916
- Fort Dodge: A Letter, 1867, from Fort Dodge, Sentry of the Western Plains, by Dr. Leo E. Oliva
- "Fort Dodge," from Early Ford County, by Ida Ellen Rath
- 4th of July, 1890, Fort Dodge Soldiers Home, civil war soldiers, by Kenneth W. Felts
- Germans in the Civil War: I goes to fight mit Sigel, by Dr. William Keel
- Hinkle-Heinz House (1881), Dodge City
- George M. Hoover, Dodge City\\'s First Merchant
- Kansas Heritage Center, Dodge City, Records Life and Times of Kansas
- John Mueller, Dodge City Boot Maker and Cattleman
- A Nostalgic Tour of Downtown Dodge City, 1930s-40s, by Judge Gene B. Penland
- Old West Web Sites from around the world
- Prairie Fires on the Santa Fe Trail
- The Preacher\\'s Kid, by Dr. C. Robert Haywood
- Windthorst Church: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Windthorst, KS
- Frederick C. Zimmermann, Dodge City Gunsmith, by George Laughead