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Wyatt Earp 1848 - 1929 Western Lawman and Gunfighter
Wyatt Earp was either one of the west's greatest lawmen and gunfighter, or he was a dishonest gambler, stagecoach robber, and cold-blooded killer. It depends on whose account of this fabled character one reads. Earp was born near Monmouth, Illinois, in 1848. He drifted west around 1870, turning up in Dodge City, Kansas, where he gambled and served as an assistant marshal. Late in 1879 he showed up in Tombstone, Arizona, which was then a wild silver-mining town overrun by gamblers and outlaws. There Wyatt Earp joined his three brothers -Morgan, Virgil, and James. Morgan rode shotgun ( armed guard) on the stagecoach to Tucson, Arizona. Virgil served as assistant marshal ( later acting marshal ) of Tombstone, and James went into the saloon business. Wyatt, meanwhile, kept busy dealing faro ( a gambling card game ) in a local saloon. His close friend at this time was John H. ( Doc ) Holliday, a hard-drinking, tubercular dentist known for his vicious temper and deadly guns.
The Earp's, together with Holliday, were soon exchanging threats with the Clanton and McLaury brothers, a gang of cattle rustlers. On October 26th, 1881, these two warring factions clashed at the O.K. Corral in one of the most famous gun battles of the wild west. When the smoke finally blew away, Billy Clanton, and Frank and Tom McLaury lay dead, while Morgan and Virgil Earp and probably Doc Holliday were wounded.
Witnesses claimed that two of the dead men were unarmed and that the shoot-out was nothing less than a planned murder.
Others suspected that Wyatt Earp was anxious to silence those who knew about his involment in several stage-coach robberies. A judge accepted the Earp's story that the Clantons and McLaurys had been waiting for a chance to ambush them, and that their assailants had struck first.
With in the next five months, un-known attackers struck at the Earp's, shattering Virgil Earp's left arm with a shot-gun blast and killing Morgan. Wyatt and Doc Holliday then set off on a manhunt and, in 1882, they caught up with and killed two men whom they suspected of killing Morgan. A sheriff's possee chased Earp and Holliday all the way into Colarado, where officials refused to turn over the two fugitives to Arizona authorities. Earp later drifted to California, where is occupations included saloonkeeping and ranching. He died in 1929 in Los Angeles at the age of 81.
Doc Holliday, August 15 1851 - November 8th 1887
John Henry ( Doc ) Holliday was an American gambler, gunfighter, dentist and the best friend and confidant of Wyatt Earp. He is most famous for his involment in the gun fight at the O.K. Corral. It is now believed that he was wounded in the hip at the O.K. Corral and that it may have even been friendly fire from Morgan Earp. Doc is said to have accidentally stepped into the way and got shot. The bullet was never removed and Doc is said to have gone to his grave with it.
Doc Holliday stood by Wyatt Earp through everything though and he was always there when ever Wyatt needed him.
Doc is buried in Linwood Cemetery near Glenwood Springs Colarado. It is generally accepted that alcohol and laudanum helped to finish Doc Holliday off.
His ghost is spotted often in and around Glenwood Springs Colarado and In Tombstone Arizona which is said to have been the favorite place of Doc Holliday.
Haunted Tombstone Arizona
Tombstone has always been known as , " The town that was to tough to die ". And today Tombstone is truly a Historical American Landmark. The town of Tombstone is the best surviving example of 1880's western heritage. There are many old buildings still surviving in the town of Tombstone today. Ed Schieffelin was the founder of the town of Tombstone Arizona. He came to the area where Tombstone now stands looking for silver and though many people told him he was more likely to find his own Tombstone than he was to find silver but Schieffelin did find silver and that is said to be how Tombstone came to get its name.
Tombstone is a town located in Cochise County Arizona. The town was founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin. The town was a silver boom town but it is most famous for its gunfighters including Wyatt Earp and the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. By 1881 there were over 1000 people living in Tombstone. At one time during the silver boom that lasted only a few years there were as many as 15.000 people living in Tombstone.
Haunted Tombstone Arizona
If you look at the above photo of Ed Schieffelin there is really no way you could mistake him for someone else and ever since the 1950s people have made the claim that they see Ed walking along the streets of Tombstone and quite often the large sheep dog he owned in life is seen with him. Of course he and the sheep dog have been dead for many years. He is often reported walking down the street in front of the Bird Cage Theater and he does not interact with people so it may well be a residual haunting that people are seeing. Many people at first think they are seeing someone dressed up as a cowboy until they notice that Ed's feet are not really touching the ground. It is reported that if you speak to him he vanishes at once.
You have to keep in mind that Tombstone is home to quite possibly the most infamous graveyard in the United States , " Boot Hill ".Buried at the Boot Hill Cemetery. Many infamous criminals , men who were hanged in Tombstone , and the men who died at the O.K. Corral are all buried at the Boot Hill Cemetery.
In the Bird Cage Theater doors open and close on their own. Shadow people are quite often spotted in and around the Bird Cage Theater. A woman with a beautiful voice is often heard singing but no one can ever find where the singing is actually coming from. Lights go off and on own their own in the Bird Cage Theater and orbs are seen quite often.
Haunted Tombstone Arizona
Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone Arizona was once known as the City Cemetery. At least 300 people were buried at the cemetery and at least 205 are known and recorded for history. The three men killed during the famed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral were Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury and they are buried at Boot Hill Cemetery.
It is the ghost of Billy Clanton that is most often spotted in and around the area where the gun fight at the O.K. Corral took place. He is often spotted walking along and he has a very angry look on his face. He is said to try to shove people out of his way but being a ghost he really only scares people when he tries to push them. He does try to interact with the people he encounters so his is an intelligent haunting.
It is not really known how many people were legally executed by hanging at Tombstone Arizona. Some people say the figure is somewhere around 75 while other historians will tell you that 250 men and a few women were hanged at Tombstone Arizona. At the Boot Hill Cemetery people tell of men walking around the cemetery that look like cowboys of olden times and other people report moans , screams , and pleas for help coming from the Boot Hill Cemetery. Other people report orbs of light bouncing around the cemetery and leaving the cemetery and coming back.
Many people who have seen old tin type photos of Doc Holiday claim they have seen him walking along the streets of Tombstone. He is often seen with a woman who may in fact be the ghost of his infamous girlfriend Kate. They have been known to wave at people and some people have even claimed Doc Holiday has talked to them so this is also a intelligent haunting.
Some people have claimed to see a very old Chinese man in the area of Boot Hill Cemetery walking along. It is believed that quite a huge number of Chinese and Jewish immigrants are buried at Boot Hill Cemetery.
Have you ever been to Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone Arizona? If so why not tell us all about it in the comment section below.
Haunted Tombstone Arizona
As you walk along the present day streets of Tombstone Arizona you almost feel as if a gun fight will break out just down the street or cowboys will suddenly walk down the street towards you. People see all kinds of strange and unusual paranormal things going on in Tombstone Arizona.
Most paranormal investigators will tell you that the town of Tombstone Arizona is one of the most haunted locations they have ever visited. Almost anywhere you go in Tombstone Arizona you will find people willing to tell you a ghost story or two. And many many people truly believe that Tombstone Arizona is haunted.
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Donald Pesek on December 07, 2015:
I was in tombstone at the bird cage and took the haunted spook walk and seen orbs in the theater it scared the hell out of me
Dani on August 24, 2015:
I went toTombsrone a few years back....although my family and i did not experience anything unusual, a lady worker in the gift shop at the birdcage mentioned that as she was working, her hair fell down intoher face and some mysterious unseen hand pulled it right back into place for her. Also, that as she was coming down the back stairwell behind the stage and into the basement where the poker room is located, she suddenly felt cold and felt an icy kiss placed on her cheek. So crazy!
Cat on January 17, 2012:
I visited the bird cage theater last august during a thunderstorm as I walked thru the theater snapping pictures it felt like I was being choked and ran for the exit. After about 5 or 6 steps it quit and I could breath again.
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on October 31, 2010:
Yes Arizona has an absolute wealth of ghost stories and other paranormal things going on. And also aliens and ufo's
Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on October 29, 2010:
Great hub and thank you for sharing. I love AZ.