Martin Ringo left his
Missouri home in May 1864 with his wife and five children, headed for California,
where other relatives had settled earlier. Near Scottsbluff, their wagon
train experienced some unstated troubles with the Indians and banded together
with others for increased protection. A few days before they reached this
site, the party passed by the recent Kelly-Larimer
massacre site. That, combined with an attempted horse-stealing,
led to jittery nerves on the night of July 29. The wagon train posted additional
guards that night. The
Ringo’s oldest son saw his father accidentally shoot himself with a shotgun
while climbing onto a wagon. Johnny Ringo subsequently gained notoriety
as an outlaw and met his own mysterious death in 1882 near Tombstone, Arizona.
The family blamed his "going bad" on what he witnessed on the
plains that July morning but Mary Ringo’s uncle was married to the widowed
mother of Frank and Jesse James and her brother-in-law was a member of both
Quantrill’s Raiders and the James Gang.
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The grave is located two miles west of Glenrock on U.S. 26 on the north side of the road in the front yard of a private residence. Ask for permission before visiting the site.