|Tino Luciano aka Doc Holliday from Tombstone Legends|
|Tombstone Legends meet a few of their namesakes|
Wyatt Earp and Ike Clanton (actually three Earps, Doc Holiday, two Clantons and two McClaurys ) met not far from the OK Corral for a duel. Almost mano y mano except there were a lot more than two men facing each other. There were a couple who ran away from the fight before it started (not on the Earp side) and even Ike Clanton decided once the bullets started flying that it was in his best interest to skedaddle. He lived through that gunfight but ironically was gunned down and killed two years later by another law officer (Jonas L. Brighton) when he refused to surrender after a robbery and thought a horse could out run a bullet.
Obviously Ike never bothered to study physics.
One of the points J and L always tries to stress is to go and investigate what is near a person's own backyard. There are so many wonderful and exciting venues, historical sites, and just plain interesting places to visit that one does not need to be a jet setter and explore the word for excitement and insight. Just take a few moments and do some local research and that very researcher will find enough items to last a life time to dig into.
|The good, the bad, and Behan|
So, again why visit a cemetery?
Because that's where the stories are of who was here long ago and not so long ago.
The Legends have never let the remembrance of that gunfight go to the wayside. That fateful and controversial afternoon of October 26 of 1881 was and is still one of the most defining moments of western lore - good or bad. The troupe decided this event was for them and there was no way they were going to miss it.
Where's this going?
Simple fact - James Earp was the older brother of both Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan Earp who worked in a saloon in Tombstone on the day of the tragic shoot-out but was not personally involved in that or the vendetta that Wyatt pursued after the younger brother, Morgan, was murdered while playing billiards in March of 1882. James passed away of natural causes in 1926 and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery.
|A quiet moment|
So the Legends paid their respects to the Earp family members but still stayed with the crowd as Nick Cataldo spoke about various important people from the past who were residing within the gated cemetery. The list is long so only two will be mentioned here but if the reader is interested in the rest please refer to the cemetery or the articles well written by Mr. Cataldo in the newspaper.
|Randy Rhoads: gone but not forgotten|
|Consider carefully your mode of travel|
What one can learn visiting a graveyard! More than you would expect - go visit, read and mainly enjoy the art of exploring.
It's fascinating what you learn only a few dozen miles from your abode.