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TOP 10 GRAVES OF OLD WEST LEGENDS

1 Geronimo: The legendary Chiricahua Apache warrior’s grave (above) at Fort Sill’s Beef Creek Apache Cemetery, near Lawton, Okla., attracts many visitors, who place money and trinkets beside the stone pyramid marker. Since his February 1909 burial rumors of grave robbers and whispers of his reburial by tribesmen have swirled around the grave, which wasn’t even marked until 1932.

2 Billy the Kid: Iron fencing protects William “Billy the Kid” Bonney’s grave at New Mexico’s Old Fort Sumner Cemetery—and for good reason. In 1950 the Albuquerque Journal reported “some varmint has swiped…the grave-stone.” The marker resurfaced in Texas in 1976 but was swiped again on Feb. 1, 1981. Eight days later police in California found the gravestone, which was flown back to New Mexico and fenced in.

Montana’s Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument aptly memorializes those who fought and died there in June 1876. But one won’t find Custer. On Oct. 10, 1877, at the request of widow Libbie Custer, George was reinterred with full military honors in the U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery

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