Nebraska Historical MarkerBoot Hill was the final resting place for many early westerners who helped make Ogallala a booming cowtown in the 1870's and 1880's. These people, the cowboys, settlers, and drifters, came to Ogallala when the railroad and the Texas Trail opened a new market for the Texas Longhorn.
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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Keith County Historical Society/ Historical Land Mark Council|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:57pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 271229 N 4557068|
|Decimal Degrees||41.13270000, -101.72550000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 7.962', W 101° 43.53'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 7' 57.72" N, 101° 43' 31.80" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1009 Parkhill Dr, Ogallala NE 69153, US|
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