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Dodge City

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Fishing on Lewis Smith Lake
Dodge City is located in central Cullman County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Dodge City was incorporated in 1993.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Dodge City recorded a population of 633. Of that number, 94.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 12.8 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.7 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income was $36,016, and the per capita income was $17,556.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Dodge City was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance (24.5 percent)
  • Retail trade (20.7 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (11.6 percent)
  • Manufacturing (11.2 percent)
  • Construction (7.1 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (6.2 percent)
  • Public administration (5.0 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.6 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing and utilities (3.3 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.7 percent)
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (2.5 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (1.7 percent)
Education
Students in Dodge City attend Cullman County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
Much of Dodge City lies along State Highway 69 that runs southwest-northeast. County Road 223 runs northwest from town and County Road 216 runs north from town. Interstate Highway 65 passes through the extreme eastern part of town, running north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
Dodge City maintains a nature trail near the town hall, which houses a community center. Perry Ray Park, named for the first mayor, has playground equipment for children. The town is located just to the east of Lewis Smith Lake, which offers water activities, particularly boating and fishing. To the northwest, Smith Lake Park provides camping and swimming and other recreational activities. A bit further to the west, Bankhead National Forest offers camping and hiking and horseback trails.

Additional Resources

Cullman County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Cullman County, Alabama, Volumes I and II. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  June 12, 2017   |   Last updated:  September 12, 2019