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 man’s horse. Others were killed by re-fighting the Civil War or for questioning the gambler’s winning hand. In July of 1879 three cowhands were buried in a single day, victims of the sheriff’s guns. Another man, Rattlesnake Ed”, was buried here after he was shot down over a nine dollar bet in a Monte game in the Cowboy’s 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. ¼ 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ogallala.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 534 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.