Saturday, August 15, 2009
Dodge City Santa Fe Station - Gun Slinging Logo for History
Dodge City was the setting for Gunsmoke, a popular TV show back in the 50's and 60's. James Arness, from Minneapolis, played thely hero, Marshall Matt Dillon, while Dennis Weaver from Joplin MO, played his side kick Chester. So this is a childhood fantasy made real here. Boot hill and Bat Masterson and others play big in the lore of this town still today. The Chamber of Commerce would have it that I have not really "done" Dodge City yet....despilte the fact that my ancestor Elizabeth Ewing Chappelear was bureid in an unmarked grave in Easton KS, after she died during the time of "Bloody Kansas" and the fight in the 1850's in Missouri for either being a slave or free state. My the family was caught between a rock and a hard place, even back then!