Conflicts were settled mano-y-mano (i.e. gunfights), resulting in a roster full of dead bodies, including many still wearing their boots. So many, in fact, that the deceased received their own cemetery, Boot Hill, named after the famous graveyard in Dodge City, Kansas. Today, despite its disreputable past, Boot Hill Cemetery provides an ideal picnic spot for heritage travelers. Old Tascosa’s prosperity was cut short in the early 1880’s thanks to the introduction of fencing and its quick decline would come as a surprise to the community, considered the Oldham County seat, with its newly built sandstone courthouse. The 1884 courthouse actually served twelve of the surrounding counties for a short period. But by 1887 the Tascosa community was completely surrounded by barbed wire, isolating the town and its citizens. It was also the year the railroad arrived, laying tracks several miles away. Citizens moved to the tracks, abandoning Old Tascosa and the courthouse with it.