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Stolen Wyatt Earp Police Docket Returned To Dodge City
12/07/2009

A little bit of Wild West history is back in Kansas. After being stolen nearly 60 years ago, an old police docket book that dates back to the 1870’s is finally back in Dodge City.

The ledger was used by legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and James Masterson. The book had been stolen back in the 1950’s and was recently recovered with help from the FBI.

"They saw this as iconic, and if there was only one thing that Boot Hill Museum and Ford County and the Dodge City Historical Society and all of us can share the information from, this would be it -- I mean this would be that one thing,” said George Laughead, president of the Ford County Historical Society.

Open it up and what you’ll see is mostly a log of misdemeanors. The document, in perfect shape, gives us a deeper look at what society was really like in the Wild West.

Officials say the docket book is worth $100,000, but for many, it’s priceless.

For current Sheriff Dean Bush, the book’s return is the highlight of his career. He’s keeping a close eye on it so Dodge City doesn’t lose the important piece of history again.

"I would hate for it to disappear again, there's been an awful lot of work and effort into getting it back,” Bush said.

The docket was found after a year-long investigation that included the FBI. Officials found it after someone tried to sell it on the Internet.

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