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Ford County Historical Society
Dodge City, Kansas

[Photograph: The Mueller-Schmidt House,
Emelia Mueller's wedding day, June 12, 1889.  John Mueller and son Henry
on balcony; Emelia on lower step, Karoline Mueller and John Chambliss,
groom, on porch.  All rights reserved, Ford County Historical Society,
Dodge City, KS.]

The John Mueller family on Emelia Mueller's wedding day, June 12, 1889.

The Mueller-Schmidt House (1881) Museum

The history of Ford County, Kansas "Home of Stone"
An Old West Cattleman's Mansion
"...the finest residence in the West"- Dodge City, Kansas Times, 1881

(Listed on the National Register of Historic Places)

The Mueller-Schmidt House kitchen.
[Photograph: The Mueller-Schmidt House
kitchen. All rights reserved, Ford County Historical Society, Dodge City,
KS.]

Mueller-Schmidt House Museum QT Panorama Virtual Tour
Mueller-Schmidt House Museum Tours

[photograph: Ham Bell's New Year card, circa 1935]
Ham Bell's New Year card, circa 1935. FCHS, all rights reserved.

Kansas History

Dodge City: Top 10 True Western Towns of 2009, True West Magazine

The Beautiful, Bibulous Babylon of the Frontier -- Dodge City, Cowboy Capital, by Robert Wright

Robert M. Wright, 1840-1915, biography, Dodge City Town President

Buntline Special Reconsidered

Blizzards at Fort Dodge, KS

Dust Bowl History Black Sunday, April 14, 1935, Dodge City

WWW-VL: History 1930s History

Dodge City Tourism & Southwest Kansas Tourism

Old Dodge City historic district map

[photograph: Black Sunday, SW Kansas Dust Bowl, April 14, 1935. All rights reserved, Ford County Historical Society, Dodge City, KS]
Black Sunday, SW Kansas Dust Bowl, April 14, 1935. All rights reserved, Ford County Historical Society, Dodge City, KS

John Henry "Doc" Holliday, biography of Dodge City gunfighting dentist

"Big Nose" Kate Elder, biography of "Doc" Holliday's long-time friend

Early Ford County, by Ida Ellen Rath

The Rath Trail, by Ida Ellen Rath

Dodge City, The Cowboy Capital and the Great Southwest in The Days of The Wild Indian, the Buffalo, the Cowboy, Dance Halls, Gambling Halls, and Bad Men; by Robert M. Wright, Plainsman, Explorer, Scout, Pioneer, Trader and Settler





The history of the Old West -- the buffalo hunters, cattlemen, cowboys, lawmen and gunfighters, merchants, and pioneer families -- of the Cowboy Capital, Dodge City, the Queen of the Cowtowns, and Fort Dodge, the Santa Fe Trail, and Ford County, Kansas


Territorial Kansas, 30 May 1854
Kansas Day, 29 January 1861
Ford County, Kansas Organization
Filed, 1 October 1872
Signed, 5 April 1873
Dodge City Town Company, 15 August 1872
Incorporated, 5 November 1875


[Photograph: Front
Street, Dodge City, c.1879, looking west from Atchison, Topeka and Santa
Fe train depot.  John Mueller's bootshop is building with black boot in
front, third building from right.  All rights reserved,
FCHS.]
Front Street, Dodge City, c. 1879, looking west from Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train depot. John Mueller's bootshop, the first in Dodge City, with black boot in front, is third building from right. Dodge House hotel is second.
[Photo: William B. Bat Masterson, Ford County
Sheriff and citizen. All rights reserved, FCHS.]

William B. 'Bat' Masterson, Ford County Sheriff and Dodge City citizen. All rights reserved, FCHS.


Ham Bell, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson: Dodge City Lawmen

[Photograph image: Original photograph of the 'Dodge City Peace
Commission' in June, 1883. Front, l-r; Chas. E. Bassett, Wyatt S. Earp,
Frank McLain, and Neil Brown. Back, l-r; W. H. Harris, Luke Short, W. B.
Bat Masterson, and W. F. Petillon. This is the version with Petillon
beside Masterson. All rights reserved. FCHS.]
Dodge City Peace Commission, June, 1883. Wyatt Earp, front row, second from left. Bat Masterson, back row, third from left.



[Painting: Millions of American Bison - "buffalo" - roamed
the plains of the midwest.]

Site author: George Laughead manager, WWW-VL: United States History Index.
Thanks to Dr. Lynn H. Nelson, KU History Professor Emeritus, original author,
WWW-VL: Web Stacks: Electronic Research Library and Kansas History Gateway, established in 1993.
Special thanks to Janet Laughead, Century 21 Real Estate, Wellesley, MA.

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