Fort Dodge, Kansas

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Fort Dodge, Kansas
census-designated place
Fort Dodge, Kansas is located in Kansas
Fort Dodge, Kansas
Fort Dodge, Kansas
Coordinates: 37°43′55″N 99°56′07″W / 37.73194°N 99.93528°W / 37.73194; -99.93528Coordinates: 37°43′55″N 99°56′07″W / 37.73194°N 99.93528°W / 37.73194; -99.93528
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ford
Elevation 2,464 ft (751 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67843
Area code(s) 620
GNIS feature ID 473892[1]

Fort Dodge is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Ford County, Kansas, United States. Fort Dodge is located on U.S. Route 400 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Dodge City. Fort Dodge has a post office with ZIP code 67843.[2]

From 1865 to 1882, Fort Dodge was an outpost on the Santa Fe Trail.[3] The episode "County Seat War" (April 8, 1958) of the western television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp, focuses on an underhanded attempt by Ford Dodge to become the county seat of Ford County after it is announced that the U.S. Army is withdrawing from the fort. The actress Carolyn Craig appears in this episode as a young woman in contact with Earp about the election called to determine which location will be the county seat.[4]

After the fort closed, the site became the Kansas Soldiers' Home in 1890.[3]

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