- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - Some farmers from western Kansas are planning to build a distillery on land in Dodge City that was once the site of the Boot Hill Cemetery and later the city’s municipal building.

The site where was the city’s cemetery in the 1870s before becoming a public school and then the Dodge City Municipal Building in 1929. The investors plan to turn the structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, into the Boot Hill Distillery that will be open for business next July, The Hutchinson News reported (https://bit.ly/1ylWtjb ).

One of the investors, Hayes Kelman, 23, a Kansas State University senior from Sublette, plans to be the distiller of the whiskey made primarily from the corn grown on his family’s farm in Haskell County.

“We will provide everything, as much as we can, from farm to bottle,” Kelman said.

The project received federal Community Development Block Grant worth $190,649 in late August to stabilize and repair the building, including tuckpointing, roof repair and asbestos removal. The grant will be matched with $63,560 in private funds.

“Boot Hill Distillery will be a great asset for tourism and downtown revitalization,” said Melissa McCoy, project development coordinator for Dodge City.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com


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