Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pioche Boothill Cemetery

In the 1800s Pioche had a reputation as being a rough town. In fact it was reported that six dozen people died of unnatural causes before a citizen died of old age. Oftentimes, arguments were settled by shooting or stabbing one another. Boothill cemetery is the final resting place for many of these unfortunate soles. The name "boothill" came from the fact that many of the deceased were entombed with their boots on. The town of Pioche rededicated the cemetery in 2009 after doing some significant restoration. I included in this blog many of the more interesting headstones in the cemetery. (Information from the Lincoln County Museum pamphlet).

"Buck" killed himself in jail (1872)

Died in the big fire of 1871

Morgan Courtney shot in ambush

John Bass shot by officers

Poetic headstone


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