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Boot Hill HIstoric Graves of the Old West
Boot Hill HIstoric Graves of the Old West Author:Lambert Florin In the cemetary on the little hill overlooking Dodge City, the graves in the early days were largely occupied by those who had died violent deaths, or as it were "with their boots on". From this has come the usage of Boot Hill as the disignation for most old cemetaries of the West. — The fact that a person was buried on "Boot Hill" in no way refl... more »ects on that individuals character. Indeed, "With the Boots On" was the accepted garb for entry through the western portal of the "Pearly Gates". Neither did the entry garb in any way indicate the good or the bad among the applicants.
True some were outlaws, likewise some were preachers, mostly however they were cowboys, ranchers, gamblers, railroaders,fancy ladies, pioneer housewives, Indians, children and the others that went to make up the cosmopolitan crowd from which the "West" has sprung.
Whether these people rest in hallowed peace in a quiet church-yard or a grave along some dusty trail, or on a sun scorched hill overlooking some forgotten ghost town, or in the lush greenery of a big city cemetary, there is an aura of history about their graves that needs retelling. This book with its splendid pictures and text does it well.
The title of the book has used the words "Boot Hill" in their most common interpretation, that is a pioneer western cemetary. This time author Lambert Florin, author of five previous books in the Western Ghost Town Series gets down to where the ghosts really are, a book that makes you want to whistle in the dark.« less