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Re: And just a few more...
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Sharon,

You wrote: "Gee Bennie, how could you forget the camp followers? Bootleggers, Ladies of the Evening, and gamblers."

When those groups tried to congregate and set up operations near Fort Dodge, Kansas, the commander told them he was not going to tolerate that kind of stuff within 5 miles of his fort. So they packed up their wagons and went 5 miles west, staked a claim and called it Dodge City.

Speaking of Dodge City, supposedly the first person killed there was a Black gambler. However, there are two versions to this story - He was shot by another gambler. - He got caught in a crossfire during a shootout between two outlaws.

Not sure if any of this is true.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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