Burying money was a common practice while camping at night among pioneers when traveling. When camping at night, pioneers frequently buried their money under their wagon or nearby. Sometimes they were killed before their cache was reclaimed, and at other times they simply could not find it the next morning and had to move on with the train or become the prey of Indians. More than one wagon train family is said to have buried their money near Nebraska City and had to leave the following morning without recovering it.
Ash Hollow is located across the North Platte River, just south of Lewellen. Westbound Oregon Trail travelers usually camped there overnight before making the river crossing, and they were frequently attacked by Indians.