THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH

TOMBSTONE EPITAPH

— POLITICS AND PUBLISHING — “The men who made the West are fast-going,” wrote Harry Carr in the Los Angeles Times, following the May 2, 1932, death of John P. Clum, “one of the last of the great old pioneers.”

Best known as a newspaper publisher, Clum also wore the hats of an Indian agent, postmaster, mayor, and lecturer.

On May 1, 1880, John Phillip Clum founded the Tombstone Epitaph, in Tombstone, Arizona […]

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THE MAN FROM HELLDORADO

DEP. SHERIFF BREAKENRIDGE

— ANTI-EARP TOMBSTONE LAWMAN — Two masked gunmen kicked in the door of the Tombstone Mining and Milling Company office in Charleston, Arizona, late in the evening on March 25, 1882, but left bars of silver bullion and cash in the office vault when the heist went wrong.

The robbery attempt went bad from the moment Billy Grounds and Zwing Hunt stepped through the door.

One of the four men inside […]

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“CALL ME BILLY THE KID”

The Other "Billy the Kid"

On the afternoon of November 14, 1882, “Buckskin” Frank Leslie and Billy Claiborne spent most of the day in Tombstone’s Oriental Saloon drinking and mostly disagreeing with each other.

According to bartender E.H. Dean, one argument centered on Leslie’s refusal to call Claiborne, Billy the Kid.

Claiborne assumed the nickname after the real Billy the Kid’s death in the summer of 1881—although no one is clear why he did so.

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THE DEADLY DENTIST

John Henry "Doc" Holliday

On November 8, 1887, John Henry “Doc” Holliday dies of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He was 36.

Historians say despite Holliday’s larger-than-life reputation as a free-wheeling gunslinger, the Deadly Dentist engaged in eight shootouts during his career.

He gunned down only two men—the second during the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral in October 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona, where he maintained a close friendship with Wyatt Earp.

Holliday […]

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