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Preservationists Fight To Keep Dodge City's 'Points Of Rock' Monument

Preservationists are fighting a plan to widen U.S. 50 near Dodge City.

State transportation officials say the four-lane expansion from Dodge City to Cimarron would likely require leveling the "Points of Rock" monument.

It's a steel sculpture of several horsemen sitting on top of a rock outcropping, with the words "Dodge City," and supporters say it's an important landmark along the Santa Fe Trail.

The expansion plans include a 60-foot-wide median between the old and new lanes of the highway, which would take down a big part of the hill where the sculpture stands.

Transportation spokesman Kirk Hutchinson says state officials and preservationists have met to consider alternatives, but the options are limited.