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Death Threats in Tombstone

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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. John Clum, Tombstone’s town mayor narrowly escaped the shooting. In a letter to Stuart N. Lake (Wyatt Earp’s biographer) dated January 24, 1929, he described the event as:

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Another view of Doc Holliday

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I love digging for descriptions of people from Tombstone, especially Doc Holliday. Here’s a good one from a book called Leadville Sketches. “He is a thin, spare looking man; his iron gray hair is always well combed and oiled; his boots usually wear an immaculate polish; his beautiful scarf, with an elegant diamond pin in […]

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Is this the face of Doc Holliday?

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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 […]

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Keeping Clean in the Dirty Old West

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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 […]

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Doc Holliday and the Latin Duel

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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 […]

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St. Patrick’s Day – Tombstone, 1882

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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 […]

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Assassins in Tombstone

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On the night of December 28, 1881 things in Tombstone were far from peaceful. It was only two months after the infamous Gunfight at the OK Corral and despite a month long coroner’s hearing at the behest of Ike Clanton, the cowboy faction of Cochise, Co. were not granted the murder trial they’d hoped for. […]

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The Death of Doc Holliday

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Doc Holliday's Death in Tombstone

Dying in bed at the age of 36, Doc Holliday is said to have taken a final drink of whiskey and looked down at his feet and said “This is funny.” After fifteen years of moving from cow towns to mining towns gaining a mostly unfounded reputation as a gunfighter and desperado, Doc Holliday died. […]