Excerpt:Â Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and William Barclay "Bat" Masterson are samplings of tough guys who governed Dodge City in yesteryear. Fort Dodge, Boot Hill and the Long Branch Saloon were well known locations back then. And gambling, buffalo hunting, cattle trading and bullfighting drove local forms of commerce for the less than 1,000 citizens of that American West legendary town. Today, the more than 25,000-resident "Queen of the Cowtowns" has also been nicknamed "Little Mexico," because of its extensive Latin influx and influence. Mexican restaurants and stores now line Main Street, and Mexican flags fly at many homes. Even Fourth of July events include local favorite Spanish songs. Only a decade ago 70 percent of students were English-speaking whites. Today, 70 percent of the 5,800 students are Hispanic. Roughly 44 percent of students have limited English proficiency.
So how did Dodge get so diverse?