What did Old West towns do with the carcasses of dead horses?

old-west-towns_dead_horse_carcassesWhat did Old West towns do with the carcasses of dead horses?

Bill Rogers
Columbia, South Carolina

Ordinarily if a horse died in town or near the ranch house, folks would drag the carcass to what would be euphemistically called a “boot hill for horses,” except they didn’t bury the horse. The scavengers would take care of the remains. As heartless as that might sound, a horse weighed close to a half-ton and would be hard to handle. Even if they had dug a huge grave for the horse, scavengers would have dug up the remains anyway.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.