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Cowboy Statue, Dodge City
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    1897–1983
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Cowboy Statue, Dodge City, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 301.62 x 225.42 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0522
Description

In the heart of Dodge City is Boot Hill, the burial ground for those adventurers who passed away with their boots on. In the brief funeral accorded them their boots were not removed. A Cowboy Statue, made of cement by the late Dr. O.H. Simpson, a dentist of Dodge City, was erected on Boot Hill by the city commission some years ago. On the base of the statue is carved the allegorical epigram: "On the ashes of my camp-fire this city is built."