Monday, July 23, 2012

Wild West Mystery: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral



They say that the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral didn't happen at the corral at all.  It is definitely one of the most famous gunfights in history but some people are not impressed.  The shootout was between the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, Billy Claireborne, two of the Clanton brothers, and two of the McLaury brothers.  The gun battle lasted around 30 seconds, leaving three dead.  The biggest mystery is did it really take place at the O.K. Corral or behind it on the intersection of Third Street and Fremont Street in Tombstone, Arizona?  Many say it happen behind the corral.

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  1. Hee hee. This is kind of like a Washington crossing the Delaware reenacting it on the Mississippi. Guess it doesn't matter so much as the reenactment is accurate. I'm guessing that forensic record keeping wasn't so great in the old west. Oh man, now you're making me miss Tombstone and all the delicious male reenactors there....

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  2. Yes, another trip to Tombstone and Bisbee is in order. We have lots more to see.

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  3. According to a map drawn by Wyatt Earp himself, which is displayed in the O.K. Corral, The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred in the vacant lot next to C.S. Fly's Photographic Studio near the back entrance to the O.K. Corral. Today, the actual site of the Gunfight is included as part of the O.K. Corral Museum Complex

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    1. Great info.... I haven't visited the O.K. Corral in years. It is about time I go back and check it out.

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