Our Western Heritage

Our Western Heritage
Front Street, Dodge City, circa 1879

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dodge City Police Docket Book: Federal Judge rules: "belongs to Dodge City"

Just in -- in federal court, Wichita, Kansas, today, a judge has ruled that the City of Dodge City, Kansas is the sole owner of the Dodge City Police Docket Book, 1878-1882.

It could be returned to the City as soon as next week.

Now the Dodge City Commission has to decide whether to scan the docket book, or just put it in a bank safety box. There is no other way to protect it.

Thankfully, a few of the Dodge City Commissioners have already indicated that scanning the Dodge City Police Docket Book is the way to go.

Photograph from Bob Boze Bell's Blog, Oct. 5, 2007


Jeff Smith said...

Glad to see that the issue is resolved and the ledger is on its way home.

On a more personal note related to the history of Dodge, I've been posting some of my great-grandfather's ("Soapy" Smith)licenses to operate his swindles in cities in states and cities all around Kansas, including Tombstone, Fort Worth, Nebraska City, etc. It is my guess that he no doubt hit Dodge as well. Sometime I hope to be able to search the city newspapers digitally online.

Jeff Smith
Blog: Soapy Smith's Soap Box

uncle george said...

Thank you for your work on your ggrandfather Soapy Smith -- I found a lot of great information on your blog site. Dec. 7 in Dodge City is the first viewing of the Dodge City Police Docket Book -- I'll post photos as I can. Best, George