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Boot Hill Museum

About the museum: Built in 1947 by the Dodge City Jaycees, Boot Hill Museum was created after a large influx of visitors came to visit the cemetery. In 1953, museum officials acquired an old jail house and installed it on the grounds. It was quickly followed by a gun exhibit and a train engine. A replica of Front Street was built in 1958, and the museum became a non-profit organization the following year.
In the mid-1960s, the museum acquired approximately 6,200 artifacts from the old Beeson Museum in south Dodge City. The Great Western Hotel building houses the museum's gift shop and offices. The museum boasts an extensive collection of artifacts from the 1870s and 1880s, including a Victorian-era cattleman's home, a one-room school house, a railroad depot, a dry goods store, a doctor's office, a cigar store, a saddlery and a printing office. Visitors can view a pioneer's sod house, an 1800s parlor, the Long Branch Saloon and the General Store.
In 1985, the museum earned accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
Entertainment: Gunfighters will stage re-enactments daily (weather permitting) at high noon and 7 p.m. (summers only). The Long Branch Variety Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (summers only).
Food: The museum offers a chuckwagon dinner in the summer, which is served from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Occident Saloon.
Cost: Summer admission prices are $8 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and students ages 7-17, and $25 for families (which include two adults and two or more children). Children 6 and younger are admitted free. Winter admission prices: $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and students ages 7 to 17, and $20 for families.
Tickets for the summer stagecoach rides, chuckwagon dinner and variety show are sold separately.
Hours: The museum is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Winter hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: For more information, call (620) 227-8188 or visit the museum's Web site, www.boothill.org.
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