The Dodge House
The Dodge House was Dodge City's first hotel. The hotel was 30 x 125 and contained 38 rooms. It was erected and furnished at a cost of $11,452. The hotel opened January 18, 1873. It provided a place to stay for cattlemen and more financially sound travelers.
In 1878, Doc Holliday arrived in Dodge City with Big Nose Kate Elder, posing as his wife. Settling in room 24 of the Dodge House, Doc mostly drank and gambled, but occasionally, he provided professional services to
the towns people.
At The Old West Festival, The Dodge House is at the southern end of the Cowboy Capital Corral. While it does not house any guests, it does serve the important purpose of knocking down the corral dust! Most importantly, musical acts perform throughout the day on it’s front porch.
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The Old West Festival is not only fun for kids, but also educational! Here are some fun ways to teach the youngsters about history while they gave a great time.
In 1878 The cowboys hung out at the Long Branch Saloon. Today, they hang out at Facebook. Cowboy Up!
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We are now accepting and encouraging volunteers to participate in the Old West Festival.
We are a Juried Show. We highly encourage products to represent those available in the late 1800’s American West. We expect all items sold to our patrons to be traditional or original in design, functionally appropriate, durable, well made, and guaranteed by their maker to be satisfactory to the customer. We are accepting artisan and vendor period applications for the current season. Please contact us with all your craft questions.
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are currently available. Please contact us to find out more about how your company can be featured in our programs, on our website or even in our town! Our Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities also include free passes to our Festival, so you and your clients can come and enjoy the fun!