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”

Another view of Doc Holliday

I love digging for descriptions of people from Tombstone, especially Doc Holliday. Here’s a good one from a book called Leadville Sketches.

Doc Holliday“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 the center, looks well on his glossy shirt front, and he prides himself on always being scrupulously neat and clean. He usually talks in a very low tone…. In his pocket he always carries a beautiful, silver-mounted revolver, 45 caliber, and while talking to a stranger, his right arm restlessly wanders in that vicinity.” – (Doc Holliday as described in ‘Leadville Sketches’, 1883.)

What do you think of this description? I love to hear your comments!

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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

cowboys bathing

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”

Assassins in Tombstone

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. Judge Spicer suspended Virgil Earp of his duties as town Marshal, but had simultaneously cleared the Earps and Holliday of any murder charges. The cowboys sought revenge. Close to midnight, a barrage of gunfire echoed into the night. Virgil Earp almost died from the blast and the city police did nothing to chase down his assailants.  Continue reading “Assassins in Tombstone”

“You’re a daisy if you do!” – A Guide to Doc Holliday Slang

“You’re a daisy if you do” and “You’re no daisy. No daisy at all.” are two Doc Holliday lines that people love to quote from the 1993 film, Tombstone. It’s lines like this that make Tombstone so memorable. Here’s a question for you though. Did you know that the real Doc Holliday used this phrase? Continue reading ““You’re a daisy if you do!” – A Guide to Doc Holliday Slang”

The Death of Doc Holliday

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. Perhaps he found it strange to meet a peaceful end rather than die in a gunfight. He certainly had seen a fair share of action over the years and had been shot and beaten on several occasions. One fight in Texas left Holliday in such a bad state that the local newspaper reported that he’d died afterwards – this of course was not true. Continue reading “The Death of Doc Holliday”