Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy birthday, Western legend Wyatt Earp

We've used this image before with an item about Doc Holliday. Now Wyatt Earp gets equal time.
It is the birthday of heroic Western figure Wyatt Earp (1848), a gambler and deputy town marshal, who is remembered for his part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. Earp’s place in Western lore was solidified by a biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal by Stuart Lake, which was published in 1931, two years after Earp’s death. Scholars have dismissed most of it as outright fiction, though the 30-second gunfight and other incidents in the book did actually happen. Earp’s friend, gunfighter Doc Holliday, is credited with saving his life once. The book served as the basis of several movies and television shows and made Wyatt Earp an enduring American legend. 

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