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Dodge City, Kansas

Frederick C. Zimmermann
Dodge City Gunsmith

[Photo: Frederick Carl Zimmermann, Dodge City's first
gunsmith and Ford County Commissioner. Circa 1862. All rights reserved,

Frederick Carl Zimmermann was born in Saxony, Prussia, December 29, 1833 and died in Dodge City on January 20, 1888. He arrived in the USA in 1863, after learning and practicing his trade of gunsmithing in Germany, Paris and London. He married Matilda Messinger of New Britain, Connecticut in 1865. He arrived in Dodge City in July 1872. Matilda arrived in September 1872, with their first two babies. When they arrived, there was only a sod house and two canvas buildings, and the Santa Fe tracks had not yet reached Dodge City, the rails ending in Spearville. They use a wagon for the last 16 miles to Dodge City.

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(© 2003, George Laughead, author.)

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