Tombstone in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
City Marshall Virgil Earp
Location. 31° 42.732′ N, 110° 3.96′ W. Marker is in Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on Allen Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tombstone AZ 85638, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Owl Cafe and Tourist Hotel (here, next to this marker); The Oriental Saloon (a few steps from this marker); M. Calisher General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell & Hatch Saloon and Billiard Parlor (within shouting distance of this marker); Curly Bill Brocius (within shouting distance of this marker); Bird Cage Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Tombstone Engine Co. No. 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Tombstone.
Regarding City Marshall Virgil Earp.
October 26,1881: Shootout at the OK Corral
On this day in 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
After silver was discovered nearby
On the morning of October 25, Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury came into Tombstone for supplies. Over the next 24 hours, the two men had several violent run-ins with the Earps and their friend Doc Holliday. Around 1:30 p.m. on October 26, Ike's brother Billy rode into town to join them, along with Frank McLaury and Billy Claiborne. The first person they met in the local saloon was Holliday, who was delighted to inform them that their brothers had both been pistol-whipped by the Earps. Frank and Billy immediately left the saloon, vowing revenge.
Around 3 p.m., the Earps and Holliday spotted the five members of the Clanton-McLaury gang in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral, at the end of Fremont Street. The famous gunfight that ensued lasted all of 30 seconds, and around 30 shots were fired. Though it's still debated who fired the first shot, most reports say that the shootout began when Virgil Earp pulled out his revolver and shot Billy Clanton point-blank in the chest, while Doc Holliday fired a shotgun blast at Tom McLaury's chest. Though Wyatt Earp wounded Frank McLaury with a shot in the stomach, Frank managed to get off a few shots before collapsing, as did Billy Clanton. When the dust cleared, Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers were dead, and Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday were wounded. Ike Clanton and Claiborne had run for the hills.
Sheriff John Behan of Cochise County, who witnessed the shootout, charged the Earps and Holliday with murder. A month later, however, a Tombstone judge found the men not guilty, ruling that they were "fully justified in committing these homicides." The famous shootout has been immortalized in many movies, including Frontier Marshal (1939), Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957), Tombstone (1993) and Wyatt Earp (1994).
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