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Bat Masterson Statue Unveiling Scheduled for June 19

Judd Weil-News Director

An 1800s western icon returns to Dodge City, Kan. on June 19, as the Ford County Historical Society will be unveiling a statue of legendary lawman Bat Masterson at the Mueller-Schmidt House.

The Mueller-Schmidt House, also known as the Home of Stone, is located at 112 E Vine St. in Dodge City.

Masterson’s return has been made possible by the Ford County Historical Society and his statue will be immortalized in bronze.

The Ford County Historical Society and Tom Clavin, author of best-selling book, “Dodge City,” wanted to bring Bat Masterson back to Dodge City.

Masterson had one of the longest relationships with Ford County of any of the western legends who traveled the streets and rough-housed in the saloons of the area.

His fame extended beyond Ford County to even Broadway. Damian Runyun named a character after Bat Masterson in his production of “Guys & Dolls” as Sky Masterson, eventually played by Marlin Brando in the movie version.

The unveiling of the statue will be the grand finale of Founder’s Weekend as part of Dodge City’s 150th celebration. Masterson’s life-size image will be forever cast in Bronze, dressed in his bowler hat and cane. Visitors will be able to join Bat Masterson, and have their photo taken with the famous Ford County citizen.

The statue was created by Charlie and Carson Norton, of Norton Enterprises of Leoti, Kan.

The Ford County Historical Society invites the public to join Bat Masterson as his statue is unveiled, thus returning him to Dodge City and Ford County.

For further information, contact the Ford County Historical Society at 620-338-6683.

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