The Boot Hill Cemetary in Tombstone, Arizona is famous for its place in history.
Boothill is a popular name for other Old West cemetaries that were used in the 1800s.
The Boothill Graveyard, formerly called the Tombstone Cemetary, opens in 1878 and was closed in 1884. The cemetary holds over 300 people, including the infamous Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury- the three men killed in the Gunfight at O.K. Corral.
The Boothill Cemetary has a separate Jewish cemetary. There are some Chinese marked graves. Some of the grave sites are not marked, but most of the graves are recorded.
The Boothill Cemetary is open to the public without a fee. As a popular tourist attraction, the site is located just outside the north west entrance to Tombstone.
In the 19th century it was a common name for the burial grounds of gunfighters, or those who "died with their boots on" (i.e., violently).
Also, Boot Hill graves were made for people who died in a strange town without assets for a funeral, known more formally as paupers' graves (wikipedia, Boot Hill).
Tombstone's famous "Boothill Graveyard" was originally plotted in 1878 and was first named "The Tombstone Cemetery". It was used as the city's main cemetery until the current cemetery, "Tombstone Cemetery" at the end of Allen Street was opened up in 1884.
The Boothill was cited in sveral films as Tombstone (1993), Wyatt Earp (1994) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Boothill Cemetary coordinates: 31°43'11.6"N 110°04'13.6"W
Watch a video of Boot Hill Cemetary in Tombstone from Discovery Channel's "Ghost Lab" October 12, 2009 at the clantongang.com.
Photo: Commemorative plaque at the Jewish section at Boot Hill Cemetary, Tombstone, Arizona. The plaque reads "Dedicated to the Jewish Pioneers and Their Indian Friends." Photo by Robert Zucker.
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