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Idaho City’s Boot Hill

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If visiting Idaho City, a trip to the Pioneer Cemetery, aka Boot Hill, is a must.

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill path

Pioneer Cemetery in Idaho City

One of my family traditions while growing up was to visit cemeteries wherever we traveled, reading the inscriptions and speculating on what life was like. This is a habit I’ve continued with my travels.

And most of those have been neatly mown or perhaps slightly weedy squares set off the side of the road. The Pioneer Cemetery was breathtakingly different. Over 3,000 people are buried there as early as the 1860s (from what I could see), though most of the markers are missing due to fires and age.

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill entrance

Entrance to the Pioneer Cemetery

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill wooden map

Wooden map of the cemetery

A mix of old and newer graves set among towering pines with nature having taken over almost everything.

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill trees

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill trails

Pioneer Cemetery trails

What I thought were hiking trails (though it seemed strange) wound up being paths to various sections where graves had been identified, though their markers were long since broken or destroyed by time and fire.

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill unknown graves

Unknown graves throughout the undergrowth

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill unknown grave

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill unknown grave

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill unknown grave

It was beautiful and slightly melancholy.

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Most pine trees were outside the graves, this one square in the middle

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Top of Boot Hill Idaho City

Top of Boot Hill

Some had elaborate stones or enclosures. Others just a wooden sign. Some local celebrities who played a role in Idaho City’s history.

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Mary Pinney, the wife of Idaho City’s 5 time mayor

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill More grave

Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery Boot Hill graves

Can’t quite explain why it affected me so, but it was a highlight to my trip and I definitely recommend a stop if you’re anywhere in the area.

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2 Comments

  1. Barry Levine

    Barry Levine

    July 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I have. While geocaching, too. Are you still in Idaho? Wow. Get me a potato. 😉

  2. Rick

    July 26, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I now want to go to

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