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The role of entrepreneurs in the development of Dodge City, Kansas: 1872-1886.
The frontier merchants played an important role in the development and growth of the American West; however, their contributions have been overshadowed by the more colorful escapades of cowboys, Indians, and cavalry. Although these groups are more interesting to novelists and screen writers, more attention should be given to the significant contributions made by western businessmen. They displayed knowledge and foresight in their efforts to convert the area of primitive nomadic tribes and wandering buffalo herds into thriving commercial centers. Their motive was profit; they realized through experience that townsites with economic potential needed entrepreneurial leadership in order to reach their maximum productivity.