By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 26, 2021) – In Issue 2021-207 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit a historic shootout in the. . .


There is hardly a better representation of the American Wild West than the Shootout at the O. K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, which occurred 140 years ago today.

The 30 second gunfight left three of five outlaws dead: the McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton.  On the side of the law, there were only minor injuries.   Marshall Virgil Earp, Morgan and Wyatt Earp and Temporary Policeman (really?) Doc Holiday were seemingly better shooters.

As with many past events, truth is not quite what we think we remember, have heard, or what the press of Hollywood portrays. 

You see, the shootout was not at the O. K. Corral, rather at the apparently less memorable alley by C. S. Fly’s Photographic Studio, six doors from the rear entrance of the O. K. Corral.  The rest is, more or less, correct.

Here is a map of the Arizona and New Mexico Territories by Mitchell from four years before the shootout.

Arizona and New Mexico Territories – 1877 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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