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Dodge City Bucks a Rural Trend with Growth Driven by Immigrants

The cattle business gave birth to Dodge City, and sustains it at an industrial level today. (Photo by Chris Neal  / Kansas News Service)

Thanks to Hollywood and the iconic TV show Gunsmoke, Dodge City is symbolic of America’s Wild West past. That history gives present-day Dodge a leg up on other towns fighting for survival in rural Kansas. But, as Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service reports, Dodge’s immigrant population really sets it apart.


You can hear an expanded version of this story on the Kansas News Service website or on the podcast, My Fellow Kansans.  The Kansas News Service is a collaboration of public radio stations serving Kansas, including Kansas Public Radio, KCUR, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio -- all dedicated to reporting on the health and well-being of Kansans, their communities and civic life. Learn more at


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