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The life of renegade Indian Queho (Kay-ho) is full of legen and supposition. History isn’t even sure who he was. Western lore has offered numerous accounts through the years, but they all agree on only one salient fact—he was a killer!
How many people he killed is up for speculation as he was ofte given credit, if one can call it that, for almost every unsolved murder committed in southern Nevada during the early part of 20th century.
There are numerous accounts even as to his tribal affliation. He’s been called a Cocopah, Mojave, Chemehuevi or Paiute. Most accounts contend he was of “mixed blood”, his mother a Cocopah while his father rumored to have been a Mexican miner, a white soldier, or even a neighboring Paiute.
Queho was born around 1880 near Nelson in Eldorado Canyon a his mother died shortly after giving birth. It is said that he was bo with a club foot, although some accounts speculate that he may h broken his foot or leg later in life. Either way, his deformity was e to track.
The club foot from birth version is most likely, as that, along w his mixed blood, would have made him an outcast by the loca tribe. Queho was raised on a reservation near Las Vegas and from boyhood worked as a ranch laborer or helped out in som of the nearby mining camps. He was considered sullen, moody and quick-tempered.
Stories of his troubles with the law soon crept out. It is said that he shot his half-brother, another outlaw Indian, in the back on Cottonwood Island. While not proven, it is said he was involved in death of another Indian in 1897.
But it was years later that his notoriety took on a new and more violent nature. In November 1910, Queho was the main suspect i slaying of the Indian Harry Bismark during a brawl on the Las Ve reservation. Queho went on the run and allegedly murdered two Paiute Indians when he stole their horses in his escape.
Before heading out, he stopped for supplies in Las Vegas and go into an argument with merchant Hy Von. Wielding a pick handle, Queho broke both the man’s arms and fractured his skull. From there he fed to Nelson and the many rocky nooks and crannies o Eldorado Canyon where he eluded a small posse.
16 July 2011 Dezert Magazine