Dodge City is the pure definition of the West…a gateway to history that began with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. H.L. Sitler, the first settler of what became Dodge City, said, “If you stood on the hill above Dodge City, there was traffic as far as you could see, 24-hours a day, seven days a week on the Santa Fe Trail.” Soon, Dodge City was founded in June of 1872, five miles west of Fort Dodge. In September of 1872, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad came to town. Dodge City was already setting a record for growth and wealth with buffalo, cattle drives, gunslingers, and musical entertainment. That illustrious period of history is over, but the legend lives on in Dodge City’s historic preservation of its internationally famous Old West frontier history.
Dodge City has all the key elements to a great conference which include a great theme, comfortable venue, incredible food, and an abundance of evening entertainment!
Great themes are catchy, relatable, and inspire conversation. With designations such as Cowboy Capital of the World, Queen of the Cowtowns, and Wickedest Little City in America, as well as many famous personalities from our wild past such as; Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday, Big Nose Kate, and Squirrel Tooth Alice, Dodge City has built-in conference themes!
Dodge City offers comfortable conference space for groups of two to 1,200 in fun and unique settings. You can have your board meeting in the historic jail at Boot Hill Distillery or mosey down the street to the Mariah Gallery for a bit larger space. You can host your group in the El Vaquero Dining Room in the historic Santa Fe Depot or step away from the tables and into the Longhorn Room at Boot Hill Casino & Resort. If you are looking for something a bit more modern and versatile, check out United Wireless Arena, Boot Hill Casino & Resort Conference Center, and Western State Bank Expo.
Home to some of the best beef anywhere, Dodge City has a ‘steak’ in your future. You can explore the wide variety of restaurants—Mexican, Asian, Italian, down-home cooking, steak houses, BBQ, and more. Venues range from the best food trucks to fine dining; you can even dine in a rail car.
Once your business is taken care of, Dodge City offers an abundance of evening entertainment of the Old West as well as the present day. Explore Boot Hill Museum, take in a Variety Show with Miss Kitty and her gals, try your luck at Boot Hill Casino & Resort, or belly up to the bar for some of the wickedest drinks in the west at Boot Hill Distillery, and Dodge City Brewing!
Let us show you why Dodge City is the premier meeting destination in Southwest Kansas!
Contact us at the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau and start planning today!
We invite you to “Be Your West” in Dodge City Kansas during your next conference!