Murderer. Quehoe (Kay-ho) first spelled Quejo, sometimes Queho, once known as Long Hair Tom, began life as one of many peaceful Indians gathering wood for the mining boilers in Eldorado Canyon near Nelson, Nevada. He was born on Cottonwood Island near Nelson, Nevada around 1880 to a Cocopah Indian mother and a Paiute Indian man. She died not long afterward. Rumors exist that his father may have been a white soldier from Fort Mohave, Arizona but this is unlikely. Quehoe may have been treated as an outcast due to his mixed race or due to a leg deformity or clubfoot. Another report says that a badly healed broken leg caused him to leave distinctive tracks. Spanish speaking Indians gave him the name which is a derivative of the Spanish for grumbler or complainer. An unconfirmed report links him to the death of an Indian in 1897. In 1909 he killed N.H.Finney. In 1910 he murdered an Indian named Harry Bismark on the Las Vegas Reservation and then killed two more Indians making his escape. Shopkeeper Hy Von, caught him stealing supplies and in the confrontation had both his arms broken and and his skull fractured by a pick handle wielded by Quehoe who fled. Afterward he was linked to the death of 78 year old local woodcutter Joseph M. Woodworth, near Searchlight, Nevada. A posse including Indian scouts followed his distinctive tracks. The tracks led from the woodcutter to the Gold Bug Mine where they found the watchman, L.W. "Doc" Gilbert, shot in the back and his badge missing. A short time later two miners, William Hancock and Eather Taylor, at Jenny Springs were found shot in the back and their provisions stolen. An Indian woman in the area was found dead and all these murders were blamed on the renegade. Certainly not all murders attributed to Quehoe were done by him, including one person said to have been murdered by Quehoe who later turned up alive. Lawmen continued to track him unsuccessfully as thefts including cattle and more murders were discovered. In January 1919 he used a shotgun to murder Maude Douglas when she investigated a noise she heard coming from the food storage area known as a larder. Afterward two prospectors were found dead near Eldorado Canyon. Both had been shot in the back and one had his head smashed with an ax handle. Their supplies were gone and Queho's footprints found at the site. Several more prospectors bodies were found while searching for him. At one camp five prospectors were found shot with Quehoe's tracks linking him to the murders. Evidence of his trail including still warm campfires were found, but Quehoe could not be located. A substantial reward was also offered. In February 1930 he was spotted by a Las Vegas policeman walking down Fremont Street. The officer summoned reinforcements, but by the time they arrived, Quehoe was gone. It is believed that Quehoe may have been responsible for the deaths of twenty-three to thirty people. On February 19, 1940 prospectors found his mummified body in a cave above the Colorado River about 13 miles south of the Hoover Dam. A burlap bandage on his leg may indicate that a snakebite was the cause of death. Found in the cave was a 12-gauge Hopkins & Allen double-barreled shotgun with shells that matched those found by the body of Maude Douglas. Other items included a Winchester Model 94 .30-30 rifle, cooking utensils, bows, arrows and Doc Gilbert's badge No. 896. Another report states that items stolen from the Hoover Dam job site were also found in the cave which would be additional evidence that Queho had lived into the 1930's. To read the strange story of what happened to his body you must go to the link below for the Quehoe Gravesite.
Inscription: Quehoe 1889 - 1919 Nevada's Last Renegade Indian He Survived Alone