Ford County Historical Society
Web Site Introduction
The founding of the American West can be studied in no better place
than Dodge City and Ford County, Kansas. Whether it is frontier forts,
trails and cowtowns, or farms and ranches, Ford County holds original
Common to each settler of Ford County is
the journey they took and the struggle they faced. These are real people
and hard faces. They built a civilized society, in touch with the nation
and world. With trains moving continually, mail went from Dodge City to
Chicago in a day or less. The Sunday Boston Herald arrived at the
Mueller-Schmidt house on Tuesday. The telegraph and the telephone appeared
as early as anywhere outside the northeast. The work ethic and values of
the leadership made this possible.
Our pioneer settlers had a multitude of
business, civic and religious interests. Every town had the entertainment,
education, religion and government that define civil society.
This is a volunteer site, with content
based on a FCHS booklet produced for the 125th anniversary of Ford County
in 1998, and the FCHS book Dodge City and Ford County, Kansas:
1870-1920 Pioneer Histories and Stories and the FCHS Rath Collection's
Early Ford County and The Rath Trail. Thanks to the authors
and to great help from many people (credits).
Thanks to Janet Laughead, Century 21 Real Estate, Wellesley, MA, my wonderful children's mother
(meant both ways) for editing of the introduction. George Laughead