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

The Boot Hill Cemetery Site

 
 
The Boot Hill Cemetery Site Marker at Centennial Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2012
1. The Boot Hill Cemetery Site Marker at Centennial Monument
Inscription.  

This site became known as Boot Hill due to the custom of burying gunfighters with their boots on or behind their heads. It is estimated that 32 men and one woman were buried on this site. The names of many of these are unknown as they died without friends or money. Thier [sic] deaths occurred between 1872 and 1876. In 1878, the graves were moved to the newly established Prairie Grove Cemetery.
 
Erected 1972 by Dodge City Rotary Club.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
 
Location. 37° 45.262′ N, 100° 1.293′ W. Marker is in Dodge City, Kansas, in Ford County. Marker is at the intersection of Spruce Street and 4th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Spruce Street. Marker is part of the Centennial Monument on the grounds of the former Municipal Building atop Boot Hill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 West Spruce Street, Dodge City KS 67801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wyatt Earp (here, next to this marker); George M. Hoover (here, next to this marker); On the Ashes of My Campfire This City is Built (here, next to this marker); H.B. (Ham) Bell (a few steps from this marker); My Trails Have Become Your Highways (a few steps from this marker); Boot Hill (a few steps from this marker); The Boot Hill Special (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dodge City, a frontier legend (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dodge City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Boot Hill Cemetery History. (Submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "Boot Hill: Legends of the Old West," in Kansas Preservation. (Submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Centennial Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Centennial Monument Marker
Centennial Monument at Former Municipal Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Centennial Monument at Former Municipal Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,216 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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