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Arizona Holiday: Tombstone: The OK Corral: Part 2

15 May

Outlaw Man / Eagles

(Q) Up to that time, did you see any weapon of any kind drawn by or in the hands of either of the Clantons or McLaurys?
(A) No sir. They all had their hands up, up to that time. Tom McLaury had his hands up, holding his coat open.
– Testimony of Ike Clanton

OK Corral Exhibit / Shop

Tombstone city hall and sign

Out front …

OK Corral site

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Inside … 

OK Corral ATM

Insert wallet here

Boot Hill please … 

last buggy ride

Insert body here …

Gun Bar

Out back …

Shades of Oklahoma

Surrey With The Fringe On Top – Unknown rider

OK Corral sluce

Sluice

Gun Bar

Gunfight Mockup

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A not too impressive mockup of the Gunfight – though it does include a decent audio component.

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Next: The OK Corral Gunfight Re-enactment !

Arizona Holiday: Tombstone The OK Corral: Part 1 … update

11 May

Doolin Dalton / Eagles

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”
– Wyatt Earp

The Gunfight at the OK Corral

OK Corral sign

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Map of downtown Tombstone showing location of OK Corral\

OK corral brochures

“Gunfights Daily” ! Probably could have published this in 1881 and the gunfights would have been Free !

 Yeah Yeah .. I know you were wondering when I was going to get over to the the OK Corral. I’ve been kinda dragging my boot heels cuz the Earps and the Gunfight at OK Corral is about the biggest event in American Western History. Name a bigger one. Maybe the Alamo or Little Big Horn have equal stature?
Any way you look at it The Gunfight at the OK Corral is Genuine, authentic, unique American History. Americana.

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Depictions in Film 

My Darling Clementine

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gunfight at the ok corral

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Hour of the gun

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tomestone review

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wyatt earp review

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The Real Players

And I can’t of any other Western Event that’s depicted as an essential climatic element – in 5 different separate movies ? – and mostly of them regarded as Western Classics.
All the more interesting since we know pretty well what the heck is going to happen – and who wins!

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Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday

clantons et all

Ike Clanton, Billy Clanton, Billy Claiborne, Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury

Billy Clanton and both McLaury brothers were killed.
Ike and Billy Claiborne ran.

Controversial: The Earp movies seem to portray the Earps as protagonists – albeit somewhat ruthless: But were the Earps right in what they did? or were they just a bunch of thugs wearing badges and legally carrying guns? Did the Clantons et all deserve to be  shot down like dogs by professional gunmen? There are still folks around that think this shootout was outright murder. Not that the Clantons were a bunch of nice folks or anything – as they were rustlers, murderers and robbers to be sure … but …

City of Tombstone Ordinance

Well I’m sure they deserved a spanking … and were asking for it.

OK Corral plaques

And got it.

Tombstone Diary: On the street 2

30 Apr


Peaceful Easy Feeling / Eagles

Tombstone Diary: On the Street 2

Leaving Big Nose Kate’s, we head down to the famous Rose Bush.

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the rose

“… by any other name … “

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Roses above … Rose below

And there’s lot’s of action on the street …

Parade !

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tombstone ladies parade

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tombstone on the boardwalk

Tombstone festivities

corvette poster

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Prospecting

Prospecting 2015

Arizona Holiday … Day 2 … Tombstone Diary: Big Nose Kate’s

27 Apr

Twenty One / Eagles

Big Nose Kate

Big Nose Kate

Tombstone tales and history mainly surrounds the exploits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, but accompanying them are several other ‘Larger than Life’ players that had parts on the Tombstone stage.

One such player was the Big Nose Kate.

Wikipedia says:

“Big Nose Kate (born Mary Katherine Horony Cummings November 7, 1850 – November 2, 1940) was a Hungarian-born prostitute and longtime companion and common-law wife of Old West gunfighter Doc Holliday.
In 1860, the Horony family left Hungary for the United States. Dr. Horony and his wife died three years later and Kate and her younger siblings were placed in foster homes. 

At age 16, Kate ran away from her foster home and stowed away on a riverboat bound for St. Louis, Missouri. Her history is then somewhat murky until the time she met Doc Holliday in the early 1870s.

It’s believed she entered the Ursuline Convent but didn’t remain long. In 1869, she is recorded as working as a prostitute for madam Blanch Tribole in St. Louis. In 1874, Kate was fined for working as a ” sporting woman” in a sporting house in Dodge City, Kansas, run by Nellie “Bessie” (Ketchum) Earp, James Earp’s wife.

In 1876, Kate moved to Fort Griffin, Texas, where in 1877 she met Doc Holliday. Doc said at one point that he considered Kate his intellectual equal. Kate introduced Holliday to Wyatt Earp. The couple went with Earp to Dodge City and registered as Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Holliday. Doc opened a dental practice by day but spent most of his time gambling and drinking. The two fought regularly and sometimes violently.

According to Kate, the couple later married in Valdosta, Georgia. They traveled to Trinidad, Colorado, and then to Las Vegas, New Mexico where they lived for about two years. Holliday worked as a dentist by day and ran a saloon on Center Street by night. Kate also occasionally worked at a dance hall in Santa Fe.

By her own account, Doc and Kate met up again with Wyatt Earp and his brothers on their way to the Arizona Territory. Virgil Earp had already been in Prescott before Wyatt persuaded his brothers to move to Tombstone. Holliday was making money at the gambling tables in Prescott, and he and Kate parted ways when Kate left for Globe, Arizona, but she rejoined Holliday soon after he arrived in Tombstone.

Doc Holliday

Doc and Kate

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Following several misadventures that are too long to mention here, Kate claimed that she was in the Tombstone area with Holliday during the days before the famous shootout. According to Kate, she was with Holliday in Tucson during October 1881. On October 20, 1881, Morgan Earp rode to Tucson to request Holliday’s assistance with dealing with outlaw Cowboys who had threatened to kill the Earps. She refused Holliday’s request that she remain in Tucson for her safety, and traveled with Holliday and Earp. Kate reminisced in a letter about her stay with Holliday at C.S. Fly’s Boarding House which bordered the alley where the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place. Kate accurately described minor details of the shoot out.

On the day of the gunfight, Kate claims a man entered Fly’s Boarding House with a “bandaged head” and a rifle. He was looking for Holliday, who was still in bed after a night of gambling. Kate recalled that the man who was turned away by Mrs. Fly was later identified as Ike Clanton, whom city marshal Virgil Earp had buffaloed (clubbed with a gun) earlier that day when he found Clanton carrying a rifle and pistol in violation of city ordinances. Clanton’s head was bandaged afterward.

Virgil Earp had disarmed him earlier that day and told Ike he would leave Ike’s confiscated rifle and revolver at the Grand Hotel, which was favored by cowboys when they were in town. Ike testified afterward that he had tried to buy a new revolver at Spangenberger’s gun and hardware store on 4th Street but the owner saw Ike’s bandaged head and refused to sell him one. Clanton was unarmed at the time of the shootout later that afternoon. Ike testified that he picked up the weapons from William Soule, the jailer, a couple of days later.

After the Gunfight

Kate is reported to have made trips to Tombstone to see Holliday until he left for Colorado in April 1882.

Kate (died at age 89) was buried on 1940, under the name “Mary K. Cummings” below a modest marker in the Arizona Pioneer Home Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona.”

(Please excuse my judicious editing. Kate’s story is long)

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A visit to Big Nose Kate’s, Tombstone 

Big Nose Kate's

Big Nose Kate’s is definitely one of the fun places to visit in downtown Tombstone  It’s the kind of place where I wish I was still drinking. I’d spin a tale of me dancing on the table and starting a bar room brawl. In my drinking days I definitely coulda got hammered here.

Big Nose Kate's doorway

Kate’s seems to be the heartbeat of Tombstone. It’s in the middle of town on shady side of Allen Street (main street) Unless it’s night, of course. And it outta be.

Big Nose Kates a glimpse inside

It was rocking when we arrived. Noisy, boozy, lively, food and drink. It’s a joyful rock though – not smash mouth. There’s a band playing and it’s Honky Tonk colourful – a great atmosphere. When it’s busy I figure it’s tuff to get a table – or even a seat – but maybe you can sit at the bar. That’s where I’d like to sit anyway. Kate’s will fit your notion of a good time Western saloon.

Big Nose Kates feeling it

Catching the flavour …

Big Nose Kates

Next … a peek at OK Corral

Arizona Holiday: Day 2: Tombstone Diary: On the street

27 Apr

Tombstone Diary: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Downtown Tombstone is mainly 2 streets and 500 saloons.
Just kidding – there’s 3 streets.
In it’s heyday Tombstone had “110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dancing halls and brothels”.

Today’s Map of Tombstone: Hope you can read the print.

Downtown Tombstone Map

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Rose and I exit the The Bird Cage into bright sunlight. It’s a beautiful day.

Downtown Tombstone cowboys

Downtown Tombstone sign board

Lots of things to see in Tombstone

We head for a shop across the street …
But we get far before we’re bushwhacked by this guy:

Dirty Dingus

Dirty Dingus is big and mean lookin’ and smooth talks us into going into
The Gunfight Palace
A place where they do “Famous Gunfight Re-enactments”.

I don’t really want to go in, but Rose is already buying the tickets.

So … in we go.

After the Intro we get down to business …

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Downtown Tombstone card game

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*Bang Bang* !!

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Uh huh …

We toss a couple of nuggets into the spittoon
and head back to the street.

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Hey ! There goes the stage …

Nice looking rig.

Stage 1

Downtown Tombstone Haunted Hotel

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Time for some shopping.

Replica Guns for sale
More replica guns

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Downtown Tombstone knives
Can’t afford a gun? Try a knife.

Downtown Tombstone Crystal Palace

Stage 2

Tombstone Visitors Centre
Tombstone Visitors Center

Next:
Downtown Tombstone:
Big Nose Kate’s

Arizona Holiday … Day 2 … Tombstone Diary: Inside the Bird Cage

23 Apr

Tombstone Diary: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Inside The Bird Cage you’ll see this guy.

guy in the bird cage

“Howdy Greenhorn”

He gives a 10 minute talk on the history of The Bird Cage.
It’s a good talk. (Though I’m not so sure about the sunglasses)

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And a damn nice bar it is !

gal in the Bird Cage

Rose ‘bellys up’

Lots of stuff to look at.

Bird Cage entrance

 For 8 bucks, we’re invited to go in back and see the rest of The Bird Cage.
We ante up and mosey in.

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The Bird Cage Theatre

Rose is standing where the seats used to be.
I’m shooting from by the stage.
The Bird Cages line the room on both sides.

inside the bird cage main room

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A table of artifacts.

inside the bird artifacts

Below: I found the guns.

inside the bird cage guns

Below: Faro table used by Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.

inside the bird cage faro table

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Lots of ghost stories and ghost experiences around Tombstone – as you would imagine. I bumped into a couple of gents in The Bird Cage who trying to photograph ghosts or ‘orbs’.
I didn’t encounter or photograph anything myself and it really wasn’t on my mind. Rose, however, did have an interesting experience at the piano. She took a number of shots, but none of them would come out.

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Fuzzy, grainy and with spots all over them.
Below also.

inside the bird cage Rose's paino

True, we are both fully capable of taking lousy photographs, but
I have never seen this effect on either of our cameras before.
???

Below: I had no such problem.

iside the bird cage my paino

Except for the thing in the circle.
An Orb? or just a spot?

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Moving along …

inside the bird cage Stage

The Bird Cage stage and piano (image from the internet)

Behind the curtain …

inside the bird cage Doc Holliday

inside the bird cage boot hill

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inside the bird cage hearse

Downstairs …

inside the bird cage poker game

I’m in …

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On the way out …

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inside the bird cage on the way out

inside The Bird Cage notice

inside the bird cage merchandise

Replica guns

A good and interesting time in The Bird Cage.

Next:
Downtown Tombstone

Arizona Holiday … Day 2 … Tombstone Diary: The Bird Cage Theatre

21 Apr

The Bird Cage Theatre / Tombstone

Old Bird Cage

The Bird Cage Theatre was opened on December 26, 1881, by William “Billy” Hutchinson and his wife Lottie. Its name apparently referred to the fourteen “cages” or boxes that were situated on two balconies on either side of the main central hall. These boxes, also referred to as “cribs”, had drapes that could be drawn while prostitutes entertained their clients. The main hall contained a stage and orchestra pit at one end where live shows were performed.

The Bird Cage Theatre operated continuously – twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year – for the next eight years. It gained a reputation as one of the wildest places in the country, prompting The New York Times to report in 1882 that “the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast”. More than 120 bullet holes are evident throughout the building.

Aside from Lillian Russell, many other famous entertainers of the day were alleged to have performed there over the years, including Eddie Foy, Sr., Lotta Crabtree and Lillie Langtry. In 1882, Fatima allegedly performed her belly-dancing routine at the Bird Cage Theatre.

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The basement poker room is said to be the site of the longest-running poker game in history. Played continuously twenty-four hours a day for eight years, five months, and three days, legend has it that as much as $10,000,000 changed hands during the marathon game, with the house retaining 10 percent. Some of the participants were Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady, and George Hearst.

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When ground water began seeping into the mines in the late 1880s the town went bust, the Bird Cage Theatre along with it. The poker game ended and the building was sealed up in 1889.

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