Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Sat
all-day COMPLETE June Activity Calendar ...
COMPLETE June Activity Calendar ...
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
COMPLETE June Activity Calendar - Lake Mac Naturalist
Join Park Naturalist Heidi Swanson & NGP staff for these June activities. Programs are at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center (VC) unless otherwise noted. Please call (308) 284-8800 with any questions. June 19 (Wednesday) Bird[...]
Jun
18
Tue
12:15 pm Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail/Son...
Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail/Son...
Jun 18 @ 12:15 pm
Enjoy a FREE program on the 19th century cattle drives and origins of cowboy music Tuesday, June 18 at 12:15 pm at the Lemoyne Senior Center. “Up the Nebraska Cattle Trail and Songs of the[...]
Jun
22
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmers Market will be held every Saturday June 22 to October 12 from 8 am to noon at Rendezvous Square, weather permitting. Contact: Joe Uerling, 308- 284-1121, or the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of[...]

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.