Calendar of Events

Dec
4
Sun
1:00 pm Holiday Craft Days @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Holiday Craft Days @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Holiday Craft Days Lake McConaughy Visitors Center December 3rd and 4th 1:00-4:00pm Come out and join the park naturalist in creating holiday crafts! There will be a variety of craft ideas for children and adults.[...]
Dec
10
Sat
1:00 pm Reindeer & Cocoa @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Reindeer & Cocoa @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Reindeer and Cocoa Lake McConaughy Visitors Center December 10th 1:00-3:00 pm Oh deer! Join the park naturalist out at the lake for an afternoon of deer facts, hot cocoa, and crafting. Learn a little more[...]
Dec
11
Sun
2:00 pm Winter Painting @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Winter Painting @ Lake McConaughy Visitors Center
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Winter Painting Lake McConaughy Visitors Center December 11th 2:00-4:30pm Everyone is invited to the lake for a night of acrylic painting. Paint a guided winter themed example or create your own original idea.  Canvas, paint,[...]
Jun
16
Fri
all-day Ash Hollow Historical Pageant @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Ash Hollow Historical Pageant @ Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
June 16-17, 2017 Ash Hollow Historical Pageant Friday and Saturday 8:30 am 5K Run/Walk – start at Visitors Center (Saturday only) 10:00 am – Visitors Center opens 5:00 pm – Chuck Wagon Dinner (trail beans,[...]

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.