Last year we passed by Tombstone. I always liked the movie “Gunfight at OK Corral” with
Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. So this time we decided to take an extra day and the 30
mile side trip to Tombstone.
We got to see the actual gunfight scene, a skit showing what led up to the gun fight, a version of the gun fight, and what happened after the gun fight. We received a copy of “The Tombstone Epitaph” which has a summary of the testimony given during the 30 day trial which followed the gun fight. The trial ended by finding Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday innocent of murder. But after reading the newspaper I really question the verdict. It seems that the town was divided in half. Half liked the Earps and half like the “cowboys” (Clanton brothers and McLaury brothers). The witnesses contradicted each other.
The gunfight was in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral and all parties were in very short range, only about 15 feet apart. Nothing like the movie!