This is the close up of Geronimo captured by Fly's camera.
Today's entry (Part of an article submitted to the local newspaper, never printed.)
Western History refers to the incident as ‘The gunfight at the OK Corral’. It was about half-past two on the afternoon of October 26,1881. The gunfight actually took place on an empty lot, 15 feet wide and 30 feet deep, located behind the famed OK Corral. The Lot was bordered by the Studio-Boarding house of the famous photographer C.S. Fly and the Harwood house. The argument was between the law, being Chief of Police Virgil Earp, his sworn policemen and the cow-boys. The bone of contention being the town ordinance of not carrying fire arms inside the city limits of Tombstone, but that was not the only point of contention. When Wyatt arrived in Tombstone it was well known that he had cleaned up the town of Dodge City. Rough riding cow-boys were bad for business.
Some little know facts:
Virgil Earp was in charge, a Deputy U.S. Marshall acting as Chief of police.
Wyatt, Morgan, and Doc were sworn ‘Special Policemen’.
Virgil and Morgan did not like Doc, and tolerated him because of his friendship with Wyatt. The friendship began when Doc saved Wyatt’s life in Dodge City.
The Earp’s were Republicans, the cow-boys along with their friend Sheriff Behan were Democrats.
The cow-boys were on the empty lot (just behind the OK) looking for Doc, to ‘do him in’. Doc and ‘Big Nose Kate’ lived in Mr. Fly’s boarding house. The window of their room faced that empty lot; Doc was not there at the time.
Mr. Fly was a very famous photographer. Without him we would have no pictures of Geronamo before his surrender. Fly went into the badlands and photographed Geronamo, his family and warriors during hostilities.
Wyatt had just recently taken Sheriff Behan’s girl friend, Sadie Marcus, and planned to marry her. Sadie worked at the famous ‘Bird Cage Theatre’. Sadie did become Wyatt’s third wife.
Western Tourist attractions are nothing like the attractions of the Coast’s. The numbers of tourists are small, allowing much more attention and time to look around. Tombstone is one of my top travel memories.
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following question:
What kind of a little girl was your mom?