Death Threats in Tombstone

In the aftermath of the O.K. Corral hearing, the cowboy gang were not willing to accept Judge Spicer’s verdict. The Earps were found justified in their actions during the gunfight. There would be no murder trial. After the hearing was over, several Earp associates and also Judge Spicer received letters warning them to leave town. On December 14, 1881, the night stage from Tombstone was attacked and fired upon. Continue reading “Death Threats in Tombstone”

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Is this the face of Doc Holliday?

The first question that I had after watching Tombstone was “What did the real Doc Holliday look like?” At the time I was living in Scotland and the internet was not what it is now, so this question was a hard one to answer. I don’t know how many libraries I had to troll through before I finally found a gunfighter book that had a photograph. I found several other examples of Doc photos months after the first. Then more questions, “Does this guy look like the other?” “Is this really him?” Continue reading “Is this the face of Doc Holliday?”

Keeping Clean in the Dirty Old West

Whenever the subject of personal hygiene on the frontier is raised, everyone rushes to discuss how stinky people were back in the ‘old days’. Granted, I’m sure there were smelly people, but I think it’s unfair to lump all people from that era in one large reeking group. There were different levels of hygiene depending on your situation. How often do you take a bath? I mean literally take a bath? Think about it for a second… Continue reading “Keeping Clean in the Dirty Old West”

Doc Holliday and the Latin Duel

One of my favorite scenes in Tombstone has to be the Latin duel. It’s that moment when Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo meet for the first time and realize that they are perfectly matched combatants. The insults fly, but in Latin not English. Ringo pulls some fast moves with his gun that are mirrored perfectly by a very drunk Doc Holliday juggling his tin cup. I know you have questions about the scene. I did the first 100 odd times I watched the movie. Would you like some answers to those questions? Then read on.

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St. Patrick’s Day – Tombstone, 1882

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In 1882, Nellie Cashman organised the St. Patrick’s Day ball in Tombstone. Originally from Co. Cork in Ireland she’s one of Tombstone’s most well known residents. She ran The Russ House restaurant and was well known for her charity and generosity. She ran boarding houses all over Arizona, volunteered as a nurse and also prospected for gold. All of this while looking after her sister’s five orphaned children. Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day – Tombstone, 1882”

500 Must Be a Peach of a Hand – A guide to gambling in the Old West

Poker is the most famous type of gambling that’s depicted in western movies. Who can forget Doc Holliday’s opening scene in Tombstone where he stabs Ed Bailey before raking in a fortune of coins and jewellery. It’s not just the movies though, Wild Bill Hickock’s unfortunate departure from the world while clutching aces and eights only helped to fuel the stereotype of the western gambler, but what was it actually like to be a gambler like Doc Holliday? Continue reading “500 Must Be a Peach of a Hand – A guide to gambling in the Old West”