Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Berry Stapp Eary was born in 1848 in Illinois. He lived for some time with his family in Iowa. During the Civil War, older brothers James and Virgil fought while Wyatt and Morgan were left to tend to the family farm. Wyatt Earp
    In 1864 the Earp family moved to California. Wyatt lived in Texas where he met "Doc" Holliday and he also spent some time as a Kansas City lawmen, but eventually landed in Tombstone with brother Virgil around 1879. Wyatt held many different jobs in Tombstone and even had staked mining claims. In Tombstone Wyatt had many disagreements with men associated with the Old West's large gang, the "Cowboys". His arguments were against, Frank McLaury, "Curly Bill" Brocius and others. Anyone associated with these men often were also not liked by Wyatt, his brothers, and "Doc" Holliday.
    In 1880, "Curly Bill" Brocius accidently shot Marshal Fred White. White was unknowingly reaching for Brocius' already cocked gun when it went off and shot him. Brocius liked White and later it was reported he was very sorry for the murder. Wyatt arrested Brocius and those with him and later Brocius received a "pistol whipping" from Earp. This event is what really escalated animosity from both sides of men. Later, one of the men arrest, Billy Clanton was found with Wyatt's stolen horse, though charges were never made, this also increased the hate between the men. Tension increased through 1881 and climaxed on October 26, 1881 at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
    Virgil Earp, town marshall, Morgan Earp, a deputy and Wyatt and "Doc" Holliday, deputized citizens met the McLaury brothers, Clanton Brothers and Billy Claiborne to take away their weapons. Ike Clanton had been arrested earlier in the day and as Tom McLaury went to pick him up, a fight broke out between Wyatt and Tom. Tom ended up hit over the head by Wyatt. Later that day,Wyatt's tombstone Tom was spotted in a saloon carrying again, which was against Tombstone law. The Earps and Holliday met the men near the O.K. Corral in order to confiscate the illegal weapons. However, after miscommunication, nervous men and the clicking of hammers and the guns, a 30 second gunfight left three men dead.
    Wyatt despite not being a well known gunfighter left the fight completely untouched. This is the reason for many people believing now that he was a legendary gunman.
    During the trials that followed the gunfight, many lies were told, stories changed, and accounts fabricated. The truth of the gunfight, including who shot first will never be completely known.
    Only months after the gunfight, two ambushes were planned to kill the Earps and one was successful. After the loss of his brother, Wyatt Earp went on his famous "Vendetta Ride". Over two or three weeks Wyatt, Holliday and a few other men went on a killing spree to avenge the death of an Earp. After the "Vendetta Ride" was complete the men left Arizona for good.
    In 1882 Wyatt met his family in California. He spent his life there running saloons and gambling concessions while investing in mines in several boomtowns.
    By 1906 Wyatt settled in Vidal, California, but eventually moved to Hollywood. Wyatt died at home in L.A. of chroniccystitis in 1929 at the age of 80. Many Western actors attended his funeral. Wyatt was cremated and buried with family in California.

Founding of Tombstone
Famous Historical Figures in the O.K. Corral Shooting
Shoot Out at the O.K. Corral
After the Shoot Out
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