Day Two - Dodge City
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Enjoy reflection and quiet time at Liberty Garden. Liberty Garden is a tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9-11 tragedies. The memorial includes pieces from the World Trade Centers, limestone from the Pentagon, and sandstone from the hemlock grove near the site of the flight 93 crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The Wright Park Zoo is located in Wright Park. It is open daily except during inclement weather. Admission is free. Hours are from 9-5
A view of the cattle industry today, one of the largest operations in Southwest Kansas. The feedlot is located two and a half miles east of Dodge City on U.S. Highway 50.
Five miles east of Dodge City on Highway 400 is the site of Old Fort Dodge, founded to help protect a long section of the Santa Fe Trail. It served as a supply post and base of operation against the warring Indians from 1865 to 1882. It was removed from service in 1882, and now serves as the Kansas State Soldier’s Home. Several original buildings remain, including the commanding officer’s quarters, enlisted men’s barracks, and the post hospital. All the structures were built of limestone quarried north of Dodge City by civilians and soldiers.
Both civilians and soldiers were buried in the military cemetery. The saying was “the rich are buried at the Fort and the cowhands and unknown were buried on Boot Hill or gone to hell.” A self-guided signed tour of the grounds is available. There is also a small museum and library. The grounds are closed some holidays. Admission is free and the grounds are handicap accessible. For more information please call (620) 227-2121.
The Coronado Cross marks the spot where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, a Spanish explorer, is said to have crossed the Arkansas River in search of the fabled “Seven Cities of Gold” in 1541. This location is just one mile east from Fort Dodge on Highway 400. Coronado Cross is a short drive nine miles east of Dodge City.
Tracks of the original wagon trail used by pioneers from 1821 to the 1880s are located nine miles west of town. There is a nice overlook and a trail down to the tracks. You can stand on a bridge over the tracks and get a close view of one of the most visible tracks left from this historic trail. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Lunch Break: Check out the many dining options available in Dodge City.
Spend an afternoon in the outdoors. Optional afternoon activities are described below.
Enjoy an outing at any of Dodge City's many family parks, bicycle and pedestrian trails, or take in a game at Legends Field or at the soccer complex.
Mariah Hills has almost everything a golfer needs from a bright and spacious clubhouse to a professionally manicured course. Rolling bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens set against the native beauty of the high plains provide a fun yet challenging experience. Mariah Hills offers a full service pro-shop, Class A golf professional, driving range and putting green, private lessons, and much more! The course is located at 1800 Matt Down Lane. For more information call (620) 225-8182.
The Boot Hill Casino and Resort is designed to enhance and recreate the world famous 1870s to 1880s experience at the historic destination in Dodge City. Sit at the tables and feel the excitement of the gamblers of old. Great fun in the best atmosphere!