The Bozeman Cemetery
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There are few plots of land in Montana that have as much history buried in them as the Bozeman Cemetery. The stories of the individuals buried heretheir dreams, achievements, and failuresgive us a rich picture of not only Bozemans history, but also the history of the West. Here are the stories of a select few.
b. 1835 in Georgia d. 1867
When gold was discovered in Colorado, John Bozeman left Georgia in 1860 and headed West, leaving a wife and three children behind. By 1862 Bozeman had traveled to the gold strike in Bannack in what was to become Montana Territory.
The 1860s were turbulent years in Montanas history. The successive gold strikes brought thousands of fortune seekers within weeks of each discovery. The rich mining camps were terrorized by thieves and murderers; vigilante committees were organized. Meanwhile, the steady stream of wagon trains through Indian hunting grounds convinced the Sioux and Cheyenne that they must ﬁght to keep their land. Back in the States the Civil War raged, creating tensions between Montanas Northern and Southern emigrants as well as between Southerners who were Confederate Army veterans and those who had avoided military
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