Relive the Old West Legend of Dodge City Through Exhibits, Education and Entertainment.

About The Collections


Boot Hill Museum Buffalo

Boot Hill Museum’s collection has over 60,000 objects, photographs, and documents. The Museum has obtained these over its lifetime from donations and a limited number of purchases. Most of the items date from Dodge City’s early days in the 1870’s through the 1920’s, and belonged to the original residents of Dodge City. Many items were acquired by Boot Hill Museum from the Beeson Museum when it closed in 1964. The Beeson family began acquiring much of their collection in the late 19th century, starting with Chalkley, an owner of the original Long Branch Saloon. Many of the early items in the Beeson colletion came directly from the Long Branch Saloon on Front Street.  His sons, Merritt and Otero, continued collecting and opened the Beeson Museum in the 1930’s. Originally housed in the basement of the family home in South Dodge, it was later moved a few blocks to South Second. Both Beeson Museum buildings no longer exist.

Santa Fe Trail


Boot Hill Museum Santa Fe Trail Site

Opened in 1821, the Trail served as a commercial road that connected the Mexican settlement of Santa Fe, New Mexico with the growing American trade settlements in Missouri.  Traders from both countries made huge profits hauling goods both ways.  The road was a major link to the southwest until the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad reached Santa Fe in 1880.
The longest and best preserved setting of the Santa Fe Trail is owned by Boot Hill Museum, Inc., is on the National Register of historic Places and is certified by the U.S. National Park Service.  The Site is located 9 miles west of Dodge City on US Highway 50/400.  The site also contains the remains of the Eureka Irrigation Canal or “Soule Canal” Built in the 1880’s, the canal was intended to irrigate farm lands north of Dodge City.  The canal failed when a prolonged drought and similar projects lowered the Arkansas River’s level.
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