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Queho (born around 1880;[1] his name was also spelled Quehoe on his grave[2] or Quejo in other sources[3]) was a Native American outlaw and renegade[4][5] whose exploits became part of Nevada legend.[6] Many deaths were blamed on Queho and so he earned the title of being the first mass murderer in the state of Nevada.[7] and "The mad Indian"[8]


Queho was an outcast,[9] being called a "half-breed"[10] in the days when being half American Indian[11] was not accepted. Queho's mother was from the Cocopah tribe.[12] It is said Queho was half Mexican because his father was a local miner, although this is not known with certainty. His mother died shortly after birth.

Queho took odd jobs around Eldorado Canyon.[13] He is said to have killed his half-brother and a 100-year-old blind Indian known to Queho as Canyon Charlie.[14] Queho had a club foot,[15] which left a distinctive impression[16] when he was being trailed. He is alleged to have eluded posses[17] and killed for food and supplies. Some say the fugitive Queho was not responsible for all of the murders that took place around the time period he lived.[18] Others say he was a cold-blooded killer[19] who would do anything to stay alive and survive. Queho was blamed for the death of Maude ("Daisy") J. Douglas[20] after a search outside the cabin at the Techatticup Mine[21] in Nelson, Nevada. Settlers said Queho cursed the land. They called it "The Curse of Queho."[22] In March 1919, the reward for capturing Queho "dead or alive" increased from an initial bounty of $1,000 to $3,000.[23][24][25]

In 1940, prospectors working near the Colorado River discovered a cave containing the mummified remains[26] of the Nevada desperado. His remains were buried[27][28] only after being purchased by Queho's old nemesis, Frank Wait, a law officer,[29] before being given to the Las Vegas Elks Club,[30] who exhibited the remains at Helldorado Days.[31] District attorney Roland Wiley secured the remains and gave Queho a proper burial[32] at Cathedral Canyon, Nevada.[33]

Media portrayals[edit]

Queho was portrayed by actor Buddy Noonan in Bill Burrud's Treasure television series[34] in Part 1[35] and Part 2[36] of the episodes on "Queho's Secret Hideout," which aired in 1958.


  1. ^ Dezert Magazine: July 16, 2011, Volume 1, Issue 3
  2. ^ Quehoe's remains
  3. ^ FindAGrave.com: Queho
  4. ^ Queho - Renegade Indian Outlaw of Nevada
  5. ^ Queho in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 7, 1999
  6. ^ Dezert Magazine, July 2011, Volume 1, Issue 3
  7. ^ Queho, Renegade Indian Outlaw
  8. ^ Weird Las Vegas and Nevada: Your Alternative Travel Guide to Sin City and the Silver State by Joe Oesterle and Tim Cridland, chapter on "Death Trip: Queho's Quorpse"
  9. ^ Queho: An Indian Outcast
  10. ^ Speculation on Queho's lineage
  11. ^ Pahrump Valley Times: "Serial killer came to end of the trail in Pahrump"
  12. ^ Wikipedia: Cocopah people
  13. ^ Panoramio: Eldorado Canyon
  14. ^ Canyon Charlie
  15. ^ Queho, as described by the Queho Posse Website
  16. ^ Queho: An Indian Outcast
  17. ^ In Search of Queho: The Renegade Indian
  18. ^ Queho's cave
  19. ^ Queho the Renegade Indian
  20. ^ In Search of Queho: The Renegade Indian - 8 News NOW
  21. ^ Techatticup Mine
  22. ^ The curse of Queho mentioned in The Ghost Miner's Key
  23. ^ Dezert Magazine: July 2011, Volume 1, Issue 3, p. 10
  24. ^ Dezert Magazine: July 2011, Volume 1, Issue 3, p. 18
  25. ^ King Sasquatch Paranormal & Cryptozoology Blog
  26. ^ Dezert Magazine: July 2011, Volume 1, Issue 3, p. 9
  27. ^ "Quehoe's" burial site
  28. ^ Queho laid to rest
  29. ^ Queho | the Forgotten Film Gallery
  30. ^ Wikipedia: Benevolent and Protective Order of Ellks
  31. ^ Wikipedia: Helldorado Days
  32. ^ Paranormal & Ghost Society: Cathedral Canyon, Nevada
  33. ^ Wikimapia: Cathedral Canyon, Nevada
  34. ^ Treasure television series
  35. ^ Queho's Secret Hideout, Part 1, of Bill Burrud's Treasure series
  36. ^ Queho's Secret Hideout, Part 2, of Bill Burrud's Treasure series