The Ogallala Cemetery was developed in early 1886, the first burials
occurring in February of that year. In approximately 1890, remains were
transferred from the "Boot Hill" Cemetery
(located on a hill at that time
above the city of Ogallala). Many of the homesteaders didn't want their
children or other loved ones buried next to the outlaws and drifters that
populated "Boot Hill".
listing was recovered by Emil Elmhauser, an Ogallala Historian,
salvaged it from the back of a pickup following a fire at the Keith County
Courthouse. The list shows burials from February 1886 through August
1902, and is labelled as "RESUME OF DEATHS AND BURIALS, AS RECORDED BY C.C. ARROWSMITH - UNDERTAKER AT OGALLALA, NEBRASKA.
The list shows causes of
death ranging from "Exhaustion after intermittent fever", "broken neck
in runaway", "Consumption", "Murder", and "Typhoid Fever".
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