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Adams County Cemetery Walk


Join the Adams County Historical Society and the Hastings Community Theatre for their seventh walk through Hastings’ cemeteries. This year’s walk is back at the traditional location at Parkview Cemetery.

Groups of 25-30 guests will join tour guides for an easy stroll through the cemetery. (Please wear comfortable shoes.) The path will be accessible for those with special needs within a cemetery setting.

This year’s theme, Lawmen & Lawbreakers, explores the stories of some of Hastings’ earliest lawmen and some of the prominent and not-so-prominent citizens they encountered. You’ll learn about Hastings’ stories and history as these colorful characters tell you of their lives.

At each of five gravesites, interpreters will portray the person buried there, or someone important to them, telling their personal stories in the context of the history of Adams County.

Graves featured in the 2017 Cemetery Walk Include:
•Louise Vinciquera – The Queen of the Bootleggers whose establishment often served those who later arrested and fined her.
•Sewell Sleuman– An eccentric businessman who was daring to a point of recklessness in his business and liberal to a point of extravagance in his private life.
•James McCleery – Elected Adams County Sheriff in 1905 and host to the infamous Millionaires Club at the county jail.
•Christena Yager – Mother to Clarence Yager who, along with his girlfriend, Mrs. Hazel Bird, was murdered mysteriously a
mile east of Hastings.
•James Goode – An actor and Buffalo Soldier who fought in the Spanish-American War alongside Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.

Tours start at 6 and 6:30 pm on Friday, September 22nd; 4, 4:30, 5 & 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 23rd; and 4, 4:30, & 5 pm on Sunday, September 24th. Please park on Elm Avenue or inside the Cemetery through the 14th Street gate.

Tickets are $15 per person with all proceeds supporting the Adams County Historical Society and the Hastings Community Theatre. Reservations are limited to 30 people per tour, so please call (402) 463-5838 or email for reservations

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