Calendar of Events

Jun
21
Thu
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square – Rascal Ma...
Sounds on the Square – Rascal Ma...
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sounds on the Square - Rascal Martinez
Enjoy free live music with Rascal Martinez Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 9 pm at Rendezvous Square in Ogallala.  Rascal’s unique Americana-style roots music channels a mix of indie-folk and country.  Bring a lawn chair!
Jun
23
Sat
all-day Shut Up & Fish
Shut Up & Fish
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day
20th Annual Shut Up & Fish Tournament Run by Nebraska Walleye Trail Contact:  Chad Vogl (308) 355-2321
Jun
27
Wed
9:00 am Science Educators Pop Up Confere...
Science Educators Pop Up Confere...
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Groundwater Foundation has teamed up with the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science and the Nebraska Department of Education to bring phenomena-based curriculum to you. Learn to use fun, hands-on tools for groundwater education[...]
Jun
28
Thu
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square – The Talbo...
Sounds on the Square – The Talbo...
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sounds on the Square - The Talbott Brothers
Enjoy free live music with the Talbott Brothers Thursday, June 28 from 6 to 9 pm at Rendezvous Square in Ogallala.  The Portland based duo is composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott.  A crowd[...]

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.