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2010 Ceremonies - - - "Gunsmoke 55th Anniversary Celebration!"

September 3rd & 4th, 2010 we hosted the official celebration of 55 years since Gunsmoke first aired on TV!  Special guests were: Buck Taylor, Jim Byrnes, and Bo Hopkins. Also in attendence were Gunsmoke author Ben Costello, TV producer and cowboy poet Jeff Hildebrandt, Beckey Burgoyne who will be signing her brand new biography, "Perfectly Amanda" and Julie Ann Ream - neice of Glenn Strange! We dedicated medallions for Burt Reynolds, Glenn Strange and James Nusser with a special thanks to "Gunsmoke Obsessions" who sponsored Strange and Nusser!
Special regalia (shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, hats...etc) celebrating the event are still available at our online store at:  http://www.cafepress.com/DCTOF/

2005 Ceremonies - - - "Gunsmoke - 50 Years; Reliving The Legend"

September 10th, 2005 was the 50th Anniversary of the longest running TV Western of all time, "Gunsmoke". In celebration of that milestone, a full symposium, "Gunsmoke - 50 Years; Reliving The Legend", was hosted by the Dodge City Trail of Fame, Inc. The event was a complete sell out and brought "Gunsmoke" fans, actors, writers, directors, and producers from all over the country! Our guests were; Janet Arness, Jim Surtees, James E. Wise, Jr., Ben & Eddie Costello, Jim & Toni Byrnes, and Morgan Woodward.

The banquet featured a one hour conference call with questions and answers from the attendees. On the call were James Arness, Dennis Weaver, and Buck Taylor who visited with each other and the entire 175 banquet attendees for nearly an hour.

On Sunday, September 11th, medallions were dedicated along the Trail of Fame for James Arness, Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis and Amanda Blake.

2004 Ceremonies

A special recognition reception was held on Friday, November 12th, 2004 in the Santa Fe Depot lobby. The reception was our chance to thank our sponsors and donors who have made this project happen. In addition, a formal unveiling ceremony took place for the incredible, larger than life size sculpture of Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp by local sculptress Mary Spurgeon. Wyatt now stands at the corner of Wyatt Earp Blvd and Central Avenue where he once again surveys the streets of Old Dodge City.

Actor Buck Taylor, who created the character Newly O'Brien on the long running TV show "Gunsmoke" was in Dodge City during Dodge City Days 2004. Buck is an incredibly accomplished western artist and displayed his work at Landmark Federal Savings during Dodge City Days.

The Dodge City Trail of Fame honored Buck and his wife with a black-tie formal dinner in the restored Santa Fe Depot theater on Friday evening, August 6th. Nearly 80 people attended this wonderful dinner and the special reception for Buck and his wife Goldie in the newly restored Santa Fe Depot lobby. The following day (Saturday August 7th) we dedicated Buck's medallion on the Dodge City Trail of Fame at the corner of First Ave. and Gunsmoke Street.

2003 Ceremonies


The induction of actor Dennis Weaver took place on Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25, 2003 as the first Induction Ceremony for the Dodge City Trail of Fame. Mr. Weaver's medallion is placed in the sidewalk just northwest of the El Capitan sculpture and has already drawn a considerable amount of attention from visitors to Dodge city. A black-tie formal dinner honoring Mr. Weaver and his wife Gerry took place the evening of the 24th and was well attended.