Nebraska Historical Marker
Although one of the first burials here was a mother and child, many came by running afoul of the law - - some for stealing another manís horse. Others were killed by re-fighting the Civil War or for questioning the gamblerís winning hand. In July of 1879 three cowhands were buried in a single day, victims of the sheriffís guns. Another man, Rattlesnake Ed”, was buried here after he was shot down over a nine dollar bet in a Monte game in the Cowboyís Rest, a local saloon.
Most were buried with their boots on, thus the name Boot Hill. Their bodies, placed in canvas sacks, were lowered into shallow graves and marked with a wooden headboard. Some of the bodies have since been removed – only the unknown or unclaimed remain in this western cemetery.
Erected by Keith County Historical Society/ Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 24.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boot Hill Kiosk (a few steps from this marker); The Trail Boss (within shouting distance of this marker); Cowboy Capital (approx. ľ mile away); Keith County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); KOGA AM & FM (approx. half a mile away); End of the Texas Trail (approx. half a mile away); Standard Oil Gas Station (approx. half a mile away); The Mormon Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ogallala.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
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