• see "The phrase having the basic form get [the hell] out of Dodge is a reference to Dodge City, Kansas. Dodge City was the setting of innumerable Wild-West movies and books and, most prominently, the CBS-TV series Gunsmoke, which ran from 1955 to 1975. After being defeated by the good guys, badmen might stereotypically be commanded to "get the hell out of Dodge." The transferred sense, 'to leave or get out (of anywhere) at once', arose in the mid-1960s, when it was recorded in the slang of youth gangs, and became common by the 1970s."
  • I have no proof yet but supposedly my great great Grandfather Duncan Stuart McLaren said it during his tenure as a deputy jailer in Dodge City in the 1890's. He was born in Scotland, emigrated to Canada then Kentucky where he joined the Union Army during the Civil War. He is also on record of the last big land grab in Oklahoma around the same time. He lived into the early 20th century and died around the age of 84.
  • My previous answer stated Duncan Stuart McLaren was born in Scotland he was born in Canada. Some more info is on this link:
  • I thought it was Denver. "Get out of Denver".
    • Nosehair01
      Nope: it's get out of Dodge.

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