Hays-Boot Hill Cemetery

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18th and Fort, Hays, KS 67601
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On the northeast corner of Fort and 18th stands a statue by Pete Felten known as "The Homesteader." The statue commemorates the first cemetery of Hays City, believed to have been the first in Kansas, if not the entire United States, known by the title Boot Hill.

Surprisingly enough, considering the reputation of early-day Hays City as a wild and wicked town, the first few deaths resulted from natural or accidental causes. The first recorded death on 11-5-1867 was due to an accident where a resident was kicked in the head by a mule, followed by fever and an unknown fatal ailment. The succeeding recordings of interments on Boot Hill were from man-made violence such as racial strife, alcoholism, mob violence, suicides and shootouts. The last burial on Boot Hill was on November 9, 1874. Free admission.

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