Boot Hill

Location
809 East First Street
Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, 67114 USA
Memorials 8 added

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Location:
N38.042622 W97.334341
Newton Township - South 1/2 of Section 29 Twp 23S Range 03W
809 E 1st Street, Newton Kansas
Newton, Kansas: East 1st Street between High Street and Slate Creek, on the south side a short distance from 1st Street. Cemetery area is no longer discernible and homes have been built over the cemetery site.

History:
As soon as Newton city was platted and the railroad tracks were laid in 1871, Newton was bustling with activity. A handful of people who were killed and died with no other burial plot were taken to the hill overlooking Slate Creek, which was then 4 blocks east of the city limit, and buried. No effort was made to record their names. After the City Cemetery (Greenwood) was established further East in July of 1873, an effort was made to move the known graves to the Potter's Field area of the cemetery, again umarked, with a couple of notable exceptions. Later homeowner excavations on the Boot Hill site have determined that not all bodies had been found or moved.

Trustees:
Cemetery dismantled and now is private residential property.

First Known Burial:
June 16, 1871
Number of Burials:
Estimated 15 to 25, before bodies were moved.

Carlos King (Shot Sep. 23, 1871 at the Alamo Dance Hall) & George Halliday (Shot Nov. 7, 1872 at the Parlor Saloon) were originally buried in Boot Hill but were moved to Greenwood Cemetery and the graves are now marked. They became the first two burials at Greenwood Cemetery.

Information Courtesy:
(C)Harvey County Genealogical Society

GPS Coordinates: 38.04262, -97.33434

  • Added: 3 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2455850