Beyond the fantasy of the wild west and the cowboy, there
were real cattle towns and working cowboys. All fantasies are based on
partial realities, much like all prejudices are partially based on facts.
Cattle were "driven" across the Great Plains to railroad centers, such as
Dodge City and from there were shipped to markets in the East.
Beyond the historical marker for Dodge City is a huge, modern-day feedlot operation.
Tourist still want to participate in cattle drives [notice what you can and can NOT do] or dress like cowboys.