[DODGE CITY, Kan.]
Special to the Rocking M Media news director
Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West (including more than a few east of the Mississippi). But True West magazine says Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, KS, is one of the best.
In fact, the museum is #3 in True West’s Top 10 Western Museums of 2021. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale, AZ took top honors.
The entire list of best museums is in True West’s September 2021 issue, on newsstands August 11.
“Boot Hill. Dodge City. Two terms that are synonymous with the Old West,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “But it is a museum that continues progressing in preserving and presenting its history. It is truly a top Western museum.”
Two-time Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West selected the winners for this annual award based on extensive travels, research and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.
Moulton cites a just completed 13,000-square-foot, $6 million expansion that includes nine new permanent exhibits: “Plains Indians,” “The Santa Fe Trail,” “Buffalo Hunting,” “Railroad Expansion,” “The Western Cattle Trail” and “Dodge City’s Front Street.” Wall portraits of notable Dodge City residents including George Hoover, Dora Hand and a Harvey Girl come to life and talk to guests.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by True West Magazine,” Executive Director Lara Brehm stated. “We have been thrilled with our attendance this summer, and are receiving great reviews of our expansion. We hope being in the top 10 keeps that momentum going.”
True West magazine is in its 68th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation.