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Wild, Wild West
Boot Hill

Boot Hill
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.32

     challenging words:    boot-less, gun-slinging, ill-fated, shoot-outs, slugs, mention, gunfight, trigger, identify, unknown, layer, graves, nickname, death, lies, grounds
     content words:    Wild West, American West, Boot Hill Cemetery, Boothill Graveyard, New Mexico, Dodge City, Boot Hills, Butch We, Lester Moore, No Les No More

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Boot Hill
By Brenda B. Covert

1     Mention the Wild West, and images of gun-slinging outlaws and gunfights at high noon spring to mind. Of course, most of those shoot-outs left at least one person in need of burial. Cemeteries popped up all over the American West. These burial grounds were often nicknamed "Boot Hill." Why? Many of those laid out to rest there had died "with their boots on." This implied that they died from violence rather than in bed (boot-less) of an illness or old age.
2     People didn't normally carry ID in those days. That caused problems for those traveling alone. It was hard to create grave markers for the ill-fated folks who died with no friends or family in the area to identify them. Some graves were marked "unknown," while others were marked with only the nickname by which the deceased was known.
3     There are ten states with at least one Boot Hill Cemetery or Boothill Graveyard. They are Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas. Of those, perhaps the best known are in Dodge City, Kansas, and Tombstone, Arizona.

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