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Boot Hill …

9 Jun

Boot Hill ….

Boot Hill …

5 Jun

creepin midnight / Seatrain

Boot Hill / Tombstone, Arizona

We finally make it to Tombstone’s legendary Boot Hill. The resting place of Clanton’s, McLaury’s, assorted bad guys and ordinary folks – most of who probably died with their boots off – now immortalized at this famous location – though some are marked “Unknown”.

It’s not the only Boot Hill around – just the most famous. A place of graves and ghosts.

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 The “Hill” has a nice little tourist shop.

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Rose reclining.

Plaques out front.

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Tombstones

As cool and clear as an Arizona morning.

And quiet.

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Rose puts her boots on Les. I told her that wasn’t cool.

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The End

Wyatt Earp House …

3 Jun

On the way to Boot Hill …

Rose spots Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

I wouldn’t have minded looking at the Gallery, but things looks pretty quiet.
It’s closed. But Why? It’s Saturday and there’s a Festival in town … ?

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We’re still nosy enough to have a look around …

Wyatt Earp House

Wyatt Earp Statue

Wyatt stands guard

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Waitin’ for Wyatt …

Curiosity gets to us … so we head around back …

And out steps Bat Masterson !!

Bat Masterson / Tombstone

Didn’t even know he wuz in town.

Here’s the story: this chap (Greg? Craig? Forgive me, I forgot your name)
drives in from Los Angeles and likes to join in the Tombstone festivities.
He rents one of the 3 existing rental units on this lot.
(There’s no longer a Wyatt Earp House and Gallery – but rental units.)
He’s typical Tombstone friendly and chats with us for a while.
Nice guy. I snap a pic of him with Rose.

Bat Masterson 2 (It was just my guess that he’s portraying Bat Masterson.)

Bat Masterson Tombstone Bat sported a moustache though, but is typically
portrayed as carrying a cane – as was our friend.

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Back home I finally get the back story on Wyatt Earp House:

Wyatt Earp House closing this weekend

Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:27 PM MDT
Updated: Apr 27, 2013 5:28 PM MDT
By Sonu Wasu CONNECT
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –

“It’s a town where the sound of gun fire is everyday business.

Horse drawn carriages walk down main street and the feeling of the old west is alive every day. Now a town that’s been fighting to preserve history is fighting for self preservation.

Hearing the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery is closing for good is sad news for locals and tourists. It’s been around for more than a century. It closes on Sunday for good, and officials blame it on the economy and a decline in tourism.

“I didn’t know, but I’m not surprised,” said Wyatt Earp Theatre Owner James Ferguson. “Our tourism is dropping pretty steadily.”

Every owner is fighting for their business to stay alive.

“Last couple years, we wound up closing two of our businesses [and we] now just have this photo studio left,” said Old Tyme Photos Owner Jim Newbauer.

Last few months, 11 businesses closed down,” Chamber of Commerce President Susan Wallace said. “We’re also seeing large turnover of businesses, but we also have new businesses coming in.”

The owners of the Wyatt Earp house are not in town today, but we’re told they plan to re-open as a vacation rental. Officials say this is not expected to affect Wyatt Earp Days in May, but some in town feel it will; one less place for visitors to check out.

“Hopefully they’ll keep statue of Wyatt there so people can still take pictures with it,” Newbauer said.

Town officials say an international marketing campaign is now in the planning stages.

Normally, the tourists [whom] Tombstone does well with are Europeans, Japanese [and] the Asians,” the Mayor said over the phone.

But the town is too tough to die and still hanging on.

“It’s very sad but we won’t give up,” Ferguson said. “We want to promote history of this town, Wyatt earp, mining; it’s what this town is all about.”

Part of their marketing campaign includes printing their brochures in different languages. The goal is to bring international tourists to Tombstone, Ariz. They also plan to make their website accessible to tourists by offering options for several different languages in the near future.

Chamber president Susan Wallace says this advertising campaign is expected to cost them a few hundred thousand dollars. They hope to use money from the town’s bed tax, and revenue generated from city-owned attractions like the boothill cemetery.”

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Really ?

There you have it. It’s shocking to hear that Tombstone – major iconic Western attraction – hurting for Tourism/VIsitors. It seemed busy enough to us, but maybe that was just because of the Rose Festival ? Don’t know. The Economy … I guess ? Yet I’d figure that when things turn down, folks would come here rather than travel aboard ? Maybe people aren’t travelling at all – sticking close to home ? Hope that changes.

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Tombstone Ghost Town?

Tomestone Ghosts

To Tuff to Die ?

Wyatt Earp House & Rose

Not if we can help it

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Tombstone steeds

… somebody’s steeds …

Next: Boot Hill

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

OK Corral gunfight mockup 1

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OK Corral gunfight mockup 3

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

map downtown tombstone

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!

Earps and doc

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 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

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