Team Martinez visits Tombstone, Arizona (2014) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

kevin costner Wyatt EarpKevin Costner portrays famous gun-slinging law man Wyatt Earp in the motion picture titled “Wyatt Earp.” (1994)

Tombstone, Arizona was one of the last western frontier boom towns of the Old West. The town prospered from about 1877 to 1890, during which time the town’s mines produced $40 to $100 million in silver Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than seven years.Law and order were difficult to enforce on the frontier. Lawmen were spread out thin. Justice at times were settled by the pistol or by the hangman’s noose. The town is best known as the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp marching down toward the O.K. Corral in the motion picture “Tombstone.” (1993)

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Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster star as the famous Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday in the 1957 “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a violent shootout between outlaws and lawmen. It is the most famous shootout of the Wild West. The gunfight took place at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona.  It was the result of a long-time feud between outlaws, Billy Claiborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury against the Marshal Virgil Earp, Deputy Marshals Morgan and Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday. Billy Clanton and both McLaury brothers were killed. Ike Clanton, who had repeatedly threatened to kill the Earps, claimed he was unarmed and ran from the fight, along with Billy Claiborne. Virgil, Morgan, and Doc Holliday were wounded, but Wyatt Earp was unharmed. The fight has come to symbolize the untamed era of the Old West. 

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My little brother and I as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday getting ready for a gunfight in our backyard in San Antonio, Texas (1967).

While visiting Tombstone, Team Martinez was treated to a recreation of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. 

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Doc Holliday  (1851-1887)             Wyatt Earp (1848-1929)

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