Boot Hill Cemetery (1867-1874) in Hays City existed PRIOR TO a church community being established. Hays Presbyterian church was founded in 1873. There are references sprinkled throughout folklore that the burial ceremony was rather unceremonious or a drunken fiasco even. Criminals who were killed with their boots on possibly did not have any family or friends to speak of. They certainly weren't the pillars of society. In 1940, Mrs. Middlekauff recalls memories of Boot Hill.