Rest Day 3 in Dodge City, KS – Cowboy Country

The cowboy rode his horse, but you’ve arrived in Dodge City on your bike after three weeks in the saddle.  The bike saddle that is!

Wikipedia tells us that 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.

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DID YOU KNOW: The Long Branch Saloon, one of the most historic saloons of the Old West, stills serves up a brewsky or two and a sarsaparilla at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas.

Back in the 1870’s Dodge City began to acquire its infamous stamp of lawlessness and gun slinging. Without local or military law enforcement, buffalo hunters, railroad workers, drifters and soldiers scrapped and fought, leading to the shootings where men died with their boots on.

It was during this time that the famous Long Branch Saloon was built, and even that was an Old West tale, in and of itself. It all began when a bunch of men were playing ball on the hot dry Kansas plains. Side wagers began as the cowboys played against the soldiers.


Your third rest day in Dodge City will not be boring (unless you want it to be).  There are sites to see and good food to eat.  Just a quick walk down the street and you’ll be a cowboy back in the 1870’s.