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Dodge City in Ford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Boot Hill Cemetery

 
 
Boot Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
1. Boot Hill Cemetery Marker
Markers were photographed on May 27, 1996
Inscription. This hill was not a pleasant place during the 1870ís. It was covered with buffalo grass, prickly pear and soapweed and was used as a burying ground for drifters, troublemakers, and unknowns from 1872 until 1879. As early as 1879 newspapers were reporting that some people in Dodge City were dying with their boots on and were being buried where you are now standing. There were no ceremonies for the dead, no markers on the graves and wolves often dug up the bodies soon after burial. By 1879 when the city council ordered that all bodies be removed from this site, about 34 persons had been interred on Boot Hill. In 1916 most of the hill was excavated to make room for a new city swimming pool. You are now at what was the northwest corner of the original graveyard.
 
Location. 37° 45.174′ N, 100° 1.272′ W. Marker is in Dodge City, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is on West Wyatt Earp Blvd. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 West Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City KS 67801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dodge City, a frontier legend (within shouting distance of this marker); My Trails Have Become Your Highways (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dennis Weaver
Boot Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
2. Boot Hill Cemetery Marker
(about 500 feet away); H.B. (Ham) Bell (about 500 feet away); Boot Hill (about 500 feet away); Wyatt Earp (about 500 feet away); George M. Hoover (about 500 feet away); The Boot Hill Cemetery Site (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dodge City.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Boot Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
3. Boot Hill Cemetery Marker
Boot Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
4. Boot Hill Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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