Sidney's Boot Hill Cemetery was created in 1868 for fallen
soldiers who were protecting the town and railroad. However, three railroad
workers who had been attacked by a band of Sioux Indians are said to be the
first people to be buried there. While numerous soldiers had been placed at
Boot Hill, many others laid to rest there were victims of murder, sickness or lynching - Sidney has
been called the “Lynching Capital of Nebraska.” One man was even hanged twice! Originally
created to lay fallen soldiers to rest, it was later told that more burials
took place between sunset and sunrise than at any other time. In 1922 G.H.
Austin was contracted to remove the bodies of 20 Fort Sidney soldiers from
Sidney's Boot Hill cemetery. Among the 212 exhumed bodies Austin and his men
had time to uncover were soldiers, Indian scouts, gunfighters, women and
children. It has been estimated that an additional 500 graves remain undisturbed
in their final resting place.