Backing UP Boot Hill in a Car

Short but funny story tonight for you.

In Dodge City there was a famous hill there along the edge of the early town called Boot Hill. Early graves were dug there and history records that cowboys were buried with their boots on hence Boot Hill.

If there were graves there originally, they were soon moved west of town to another location which leads to another story to be posted tomorrow. But anyway. Even when I was a child, Boot Hill was accessible to us to play on. This would have been in about 1967 to 1970 or so.

Earlier on, when my dad was a boy in about 1940, Boot Hill had no buildings on it and was just an empty hillside. It was about 100 feet high and he tells of digging many a cave there to play in. It was a gathering spot for all the kids in town. Later on, the high schoolers became more mobile and by the time he was in High School, the big deal was to prove how powerful your car was by backing up Boot Hill. Of course a car can back up a hill better than drive up so it wasn't that big a feat but they all thought it was fun and would meet there on the weekends. This was right of Wyatt Earp Blvd and along the railroad tracks and close to Front Street.

Just a funny story bout simple times.