Calendar of Events

Oct
1
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.
Oct
2
Sun
1:30 pm Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Oct 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd and 9th 1:30-4:00pm Meet at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center Bring your walking shoes, water, and favorite journal out to the lake for a nature walk with the park naturalist. The first[...]
Oct
9
Sun
1:30 pm Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Nature Journaling Walks @ Lake Mac @ Meet at Lake Mac Visitors Center
Oct 9 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd and 9th 1:30-4:00pm Meet at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center Bring your walking shoes, water, and favorite journal out to the lake for a nature walk with the park naturalist. The first[...]
Oct
12
Wed
7:45 am Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Oct 12 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am
Bird Hikes At Lake Ogallala @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
The Lake McConaughy SRA is offering Bird Walks at Lake Ogallala during September and October.   All ages welcome, walks led by resident naturalist.  Meet at Lake McConaughy Visitors Center by 7:45 a.m. Bring comfortable[...]

Boot Hill

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In the stirring days of the late 1800s, when the present city of Ogallala was an infant town on the Union Pacific Railroad, Boot Hill Cemetery was the final resting place for cowboys, drifters, and settlers. Numerous stories are told of those days when gun battles took their toll on human life. Many buried at Boot Hill ran afoul of the law and the streets of Ogallala echoed with gunfire as some slick gambler or horse thief met his end.  One burial was that of “Rattlesnake Ed,” who was shot down over a nine dollar bet in a Monte game in the “Cowboy’s Rest Saloon.”

In his book “Log of a Cowboy”, trail driver Andy Adams wrote, “We finally scaled the last divide and there below us in the valley of the South Platte River nestled Ogallala, the Gomorrah of the cattle trail. From amongst its half hundred buildings, no church spire pointed upward, but instead, ¾ of its business houses were dance halls, gambling houses and saloons.” One trail boss, who let his trail drivers go into Dodge City for recreation when they arrived there, refused to let his cowhands come into Ogallala because of its wild and unsavory reputation – thus giving rise to a phase that Ogallala was the “town too tough for Texans.”

Most were buried with their boots on, thus the name Boot Hill. The bodies, placed in canvas sacks, were lowered into shallow graves and marked with a wooden headboard. Boot Hill is unique –buried in its sod are the many stories of the early days of Ogallala.

Want to learn more?  Download the Boot Hill brochure or see this account of Boot Hill history.