Tuesday, April 6, 2010
After over two and a half years since being found on the web, the Dodge City Police Docket Book, 1878-1882, has been completely scanned and put on-line by the digital library division of Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library. Thanks for massive work by Andrew Weiss, Digital Collections Librarian, and John Ross, Director.
Thanks to FHSU, every page of this rare document is viewable, and protected. The work of Ford County Attorney Terry Malone, the Ford County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI, along with the Ford County Historical Society which started the process of getting back the docket book, is rewarded.
This is in addition to the bonus public relations of having coverage in over 68 newspapers when we first found the police docket book was up for auction -- thanks to an AP article from the Hutchinson News (Kansas) -- the nation has been put on notice that we will make it harder to sell artifacts that belong to Dodge City.