How Dodge City Became The Wickest Town In The West, And Johnson County's New Sheriff

Mar 9, 2017

Johnson County's new sheriff, Calvin Hayden, took office this January but has more than three decades of experience in law enforcement.
Credit Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

The saying "let's get the hell out of Dodge" exists for a reason. Back in its day, Dodge City, Kansas, was the roughest, toughest town people dared to stop in. Author Tom Clavin, used his obsession with the Wild West to write a book on how the city got its infamous reputation. Also, we speak with the new sheriff of Johnson County, Calvin Hayden, about how he's balancing the safety of his deputies with increasing staffing shortfalls and overtime pay. Finally, Brian McTavish presents the latest Weekend To-Do List.

Tom Clavin tells tales from his book "Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. For more information and to RSVP, visit