| Established in 1872,
Dodge City began as a center of the buffalo trade, but after 1876,
Texas cattle and cowboys were the town's economic mainstay. Dodge
kept them coming up the Western
Trail with a free-for-all attitude that soon made it one of the
most violent towns in the West. Local farmers finally closed the area
to cattle drives in 1885, and the "Queen of the Cowtowns"
passed into legend.