Going on Faith

Summer 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ summer 2017 ] [ DODGE CITY, KANSAS ] Dodge City, Kansas, is known around the world as an iconic American frontier town that embodies the spirit of the Wild West. That reputation is probably "a little bit romanticized" in Westerns and, of course, the televi- sion series "Gunsmoke," but all those fictional characters and their sto- ries "are composites of people who really existed," said Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau director Jan Stevens. "The Hollywood version of Dodge City is really interesting, but the truth is much more interesting," she said. Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday all spent time in Dodge City, and Dora Hand was a dance hall singer and actress that was acci- dentally killed in the first "ride-by shooting," Stevens said. "There's lots of great history here, and it's real history," she said. At the Boot Hill Museum, visitors can step back in time when they step inside false-front wooden buildings. The re-created Western town includes real artifacts from the period housed in a saloon, a drugstore, a hardware store and other buildings. The museum also does shootout shows and a chuck-wagon dinner. At the top of the hill, groups can wan- der around Boot Hill cemetery, the town's pauper graveyard. When visitors tour Boot Hill Distillery in the old City Hall, they'll also get to see the old jail and fire department. Groups of 25 can take a Historic Trolley Tour to see the Lora Locke Hotel, Fort Dodge and the Home of Stone mansion, which is also open for tours; step-on guides are also available. Dodge City Days is a 10-day festival in July and August that celebrates the city's Western heritage with rodeos, parades and a longhorn cattle drive. www.dodgecity.org B Y R A C H E L C A R T E R A merica's history spans several centuries as waves of pilgrims, pio- neers and settlers spread across the New World. Some places were founded a little over a century ago, and others, such as Plymouth, Massachusetts, which is preparing to cele- brate its 400th anniversary, predate the country. History often gets pushed aside as dull and dusty, but these historic destinations, wheth- er they exemplify 1700s Europe or embody the spirit of the Wild West, bring history to life L I V E S H E R E H I S T O RY T H E S E D E S T I N AT I O N S T E L L A M E R I C A' S S T O R I E S Courtesy Destination Plymouth Plimouth Plantation re-creates life in the 17th century at the Pilgrims' settlement in Massachusetts.

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