Over 25,000 people gathered in Dodge City today to witness the largest longhorn cattle drive down a main street since the 1800s sponsored by Boot Hill Casino and Resort in partnership with the Wild West Heritage Foundation. (Photo: Business Wire)
This year’s Dodge City Days also included the opening of the Dodge City Buffalo and Longhorn Exhibit. The exhibit will be open year-round and will be home to some of the most unique buffalo to graze the Kansas prairie. In addition, the unveiling of The Wild West Walk of Fame honored celebrities and local icons that work toward preserving Dodge City’s western heritage. The 2014 inductees included Buck Taylor, Johnny Crawford and Allen Baily, Dodge City Honorary Marshal.
The Wild West Heritage Foundation was created to support projects that preserve the historical importance of livestock in the Wild West. In the 19th century, livestock were the core of the economy in Dodge City, Kansas, dramatized by countless books and movies relating to cattle drives and heroic ranchers and farmers trying to survive against the odds.
Dodge City Days is an annual event that pays tribute to the city’s Western Heritage. The second largest festival in Kansas draws crowds of over 100,000 individuals to more than 50 events over 10 days.