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The Matt Dillon Bronze Statue Project!

The latest project undertaken by the Dodge City Trail of Fame is a life sized bronze sculpture (statue) of James Arness as the iconic Marshal Matt Dillon of GUNSMOKE fame! We hope to fund the project starting with a KickStarter page. We hope you will join the project as a backer and donor. The Arness Family is very excited about this project and we have a lot of very nice and unique rewards for all donors!
View the Youtube Video HERE!

Matt Dillon Statue

The artist is New York Sculptor Tony Cipriano who is well known for his many busts and other figures. Tony was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and attended the SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS in New York City, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in ILLUSTRATION, with a minor in ART EDUCATION.

In 1991, he began work for WALT DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION in Orlando, Florida where he spent 7 years-first as a full-time animation artist, and later as a maquette sculptor.

His screen credits include: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, TARZAN POCAHONTAS, BROTHER BEAR & MULAN

Since 1997, he has been a FREELANCE SCULPTOR for the animation industry as well as for many toy, action figure and collectible figurine companies, including: MCFARLANE TOYS, DARK HORSE COMICS, FUNKO, ENESCO, MEZCO TOYS, SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES, BOWEN DESIGNS, DC COMICS, WALT DISNEY CLASSICS COLLECTION, TOY BIZ, DREAMWORKS ANIMATION, COMEDY CENTRAL, HASBRO, CARTOON NETWORK, WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO STORES, SCHOLASTIC, MATELL, & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Tony's studio is on Long Island, NY where he lives with his wife, 3 kids and 3 dogs.

Check Out Tony and some of his beautiful work:

  • At "sculpt-fx"
  • On YouTube
  • Tony Cipriano Sculpture"
  • We became aware of Tony and his incredible talent thanks to our Hollywood connections - Ben Costello in particular. Thanks, Ben!

    Doc Holliday Returns to Dodge City!

    Doc Holliday ConceptThe Dodge City Trail of Fame with the help of the City of Dodge City and Ford County has commissioned Topeka artist Janet Zoble and Deggingers Foundry in Topeka to produce a life sized sculpture of the famous gunslinger, dentist and gambler!  It will be placed somewhere in the Dodge City National Historic District similar to the ever popular sculpture of Wyatt B.S. Earp by the late Mary Spurgeon.

    On the left is the sculptress' conceptual drawing of the statue.Click to see a larger image.

    One third of the cost has already been raised by the Dodge City Trail of Fame, one third has been raised through a grant from the "Why Not Dodge" sales tax funding and the final third will be raised by the Dodge City Trail of Fame through sales of miniatures of the full sized sculpture. The Dodge City Trail of Fame is currently taking reservations for the miniatures. The cost will be $1,500 for each miniature which will be numbered and mounted on a wooden base. The miniature will not have all the empty chairs as they become too delicate. The miniatures have not yet been cast but you may reserve yours with a deposit of $500. Contact the Dodge City Trail of Fame via phone at 620-561-1925, email: info@dodgecitytrailoffame.org or mail to: Dodge City Trail of Fame, P.O. Box 1243, Dodge City, KS 67801.

    Ruger Commemorative Revolver

    Commemorative "Dodge City Trail Of Fame" Ruger Pistol!!

    Ruger New Vaquero Single Action Pistol in .45 Long Colt with 5 ½ inch barrel and beautiful white grips (the original black imitation Ruger gutta percha grips are included).

    The gun is especially prepared by Baron Engraving's custom shop in Trumbull Connecticut as one of a special limited edition of only 50. It features a beautiful deep blue finish with gold accents and lettering. A gold trim ring is around the barrel end and the rear of the cylinder. Each side of the barrel identifies the pistol as a Dodge City Trail of Fame commemorative. Tied to the Old West City of Dodge City, KS both sides of the top strap display “Historic Dodge City KS”. The special edition numbering appears at the top of the back strap above the hammer. The back strap invites you to “Walk Where Wyatt Walked” and “Check Your Guns” on the butt strap. Around the cylinder are the names of some of the most historically and mythically famous and infamous denizens of Historic Old Dodge City including Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday and Matt Dillon.

    Purchase of one of these special commemoratives includes a glass topped, walnut display case lined with red velvet. Also included is a Ruger hardshell case with safety cylinder lock, Ruger documentation and the required test fire casing.

    This is an actual working firearm and requires transfer through a licensed federal firearm (FFL) dealer. If you need help locating an FFL near you we will assist you.

    This commemorative is made available as a fund raiser for the Dodge City Trail of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation whose purpose is to promote and preserve Dodge City's western legacy.

    Please indicate your choice of gun number from 1 to 50. If your choice is already taken we will contact you and indicate the numbers that are still available.

    Cost = $1,500.00  of which $500 is tax deductable as a charitable contribution.

    Trail of Fame Commemorative Ruger Vaquero