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Sunday, September 25, 2011

130. Exploring Dodge City

When you visit Dodge City, you definitely feel the spirit of the wild west.  That is, of course, if you go looking for it.  You don't have to look far, but you do have to get off the highway and look at some local culture.  Walking around downtown Dodge City will force you to look at more than just the wild west culture.  Most of the downtown area is either cowboy related or Hispanic culture related.  We did happen to see a Mexican and African grocery store as we walked around.  Go prepared to experience a different culture and most likely, a different language, as well.

The Trail of Fame
Very much like the Hollywood Walk of Stars
We stopped to visit the Carnegie Center for the Arts and happened to arrive just as they were having a party for their art camp students.  They were gracious enough to let us visit anyway and enjoy the beautiful art that the kids had created as well as talk about the history of the center.  The stained glass windows are absolutely gorgeous.  I wish we could transport them home.  The kiddos even got to participate in some of the artwork the kiddos were currently doing.  There was a table set up inside as well as sidewalk chalk outside the building,  The reading garden was amazing too.  We need one of those at our house.All in all, it was a nice surprise!
Another fun surprise were the decorated rocks around town.  We asked about them at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, but they did not know who had done them.  It was fun to go on a search around town and see what we could find.
Of course, you can't have a true Dodge City experience without viewing the feedlot.  The smell is a bit overwhelming, but this is an important part of Dodge City culture.  There is even a "scenic overlook."  We're not sure what is so scenic about a feedlot, but that is where we stopped anyway.  There were fewer cattle there than we remembered seeing in the past, but a train was also there, so maybe they were already loaded up.

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