The most famous Wild West gun fight took place in Tombstone, Arizona Territory 139 years ago today.
It lasted 30 seconds front of C. J. Fly’s Photographic Studio, six doors down from the O. K. Corral. The latter name presumably is more memorable, and it stuck.
Three of the five cowboys involved were killed – Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton – while on the lawmen side only slight wounds were recorded. Town Marshal Virgil Earp was joined by Morgan and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in the gun fight.
For some reason bad guys tend to be bad shots…
Here is a humorous pictorial map rendering of Arizona by Ruth Taylor White from 1938. Tombstone is in the southeast corner of the state.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.