Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum finds half a century old burial vault


Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum is in for a treat after finding a burial vault that was in the ground for almost half a century.

What they thought was a small time capsule buried on the city’s 100th anniversary, turned out to be a massive vault.

As Boot Hill Museum officials were preparing for their 13,000 square foot expansion, they noticed they needed to get a time capsule out from underneath the ground in order to start construction.

“There’s always been a plaque on the ground where people watch gun fights stating that there was a time capsule there,” assistant director Lyne Johnson said. “For some reason, we had pictured that we would be able to go out there in our shovels and dig it up, but that is not going to be possible.”

Johnson said after failed digging attempts, she and her team went to the museum’s archives and figured out that this small time capsule is actually a 2,700 pound burial vault.

“We couldn’t’t believe it,” she said.

The vault has been on the property since 1972 and supposed to be opened in 2022, but officials said since the vault is being moved for construction, the seal will be broken.

On Thursday, November 1, the public will be able to see the content from the vault at their ground breaking expansion at 5:30 p.m.

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