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Dodge City’s landmark steer statue El Capitan to be repaired

November 18, 2010

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— Dodge City's El Capitan just hasn't been the same since the night last month when the life-size bronze longhorn steer was hit by a minivan.

The city's landmark statue was knocked off its brick pedestal on a grassy spot in the heart of downtown. El Capitan suffered a broken horn, fractured ankle and damaged tail.

But this week, the statue was loaded on a trailer for a trip to Lawrence, where it will be fixed up at a foundry called Ad Astra Art Bronze.

Dodge City spokeswoman Jane Longmeyer told the Dodge City Daily Globe that Ad Astra submitted a bid of $5,000, the lowest of four the city received. The repairs are expected to take two to three months.

Longmeyer says the 18-year-old driver's insurance company will cover the costs.

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