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Fans Mark 50th Anniversary of 'Gunsmoke'

(Posted September 12, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Kansas had dozens of old West cow towns. Yet only one Dodge City is recognized around the world, thanks to a 20-year television run of "Gunsmoke."

This weekend, fans came to pay homage on the 50th anniversary of the start of the show, which drew upon the town's real Old West history, including the likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday.

None of the leading Gunsmoke actors could attend. At 82, James Arness, who played Marshall Matt Dillon, doesn't travel. Others like Amanda Blake, who played the feisty saloon owner Miss Kitty, and Milburn Stone, who played Doc Adams, have died.

But one familiar face was Morgan Woodward, who played a variety of menacing bad guys.

"I don't think I survived many of those episodes. Usually, I was shot by Matt Dillon," Woodward recalled.


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