• Boot Hill Cemetery, Tascosa, Texas

      Boot Hill, Old Tascosa
      Photo by Peter Thody
      Tascosa began life as a meeting place for Indians and Comancheros, before the arrival of ranchmen like Charles Goodnight and Thomas S. Bugbee earned it the nickname "The Cowboy Capital of the Plains" as it become the center of the open range world. The town soon became known as much for its lawlessness as for its trade, and its Boot Hill cemetery began filling up from 1879 onwards. The town's importance began to decline with the fencing off of the plains: barbed wire was first employed commercially at the nearby Frying Pan Ranch.

      If you go:
      Today, the site is home to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, a residential support facility for young people established in 1939 by the late Cal Farley, Texas businessman and world welterweight wrestling champion of the 1920s.


      US 385
      Tascosa, Texas 79010 USA

      Mailing address:
      Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
      P.O. Box 1890
      Amarillo, TX 79174-0001 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Cal Farley's
      +1 (800) 687-3722