Dodge City resident Harold Dawley has something in his back yard that you might not expect. A man with passion is driven to strive for his goals. Mr. Dawley’s passions for horses, collection, and trading lead him to gather a beautiful collection of bridle bits, spurs, and other misc. items associated with his beloved horse.
Bill and I dropped by to visit Mr. Dawley and explore his inconspicuous museum.
Barbwire was the first thing Mr. Dawley started collecting nearly forty years ago. The first barbwire was made by hand and was quite expensive; "more barbwire can be made in thirty minutes then could be made in three months," Mr. Dawley explained. He had found an unusual wire, unusual because it was made by the railroad. He hunted for the stuff in a five-mile stretch near his home and used it for trading with other collectors. Mr. Dawley had much success with his railroad wire ‘tell someone in Colorado found a huge amount of his special trading item. Luckily he had already traded it for many other items when his wire became worthless. Still Mr. Dawleys days trading fence wire gave him a reputation and so he switched to collecting bridle bits .If your in Dodge and your interested in meeting Mr. Dawley ask around town about the Bridle Bit Gallery Museum.