Celia Ann “Mattie” Blaylock Commits Suicide July 3, 1888

Celia Ann Mattie Blaylock

On July 3, 1888 Mattie Blaylock Wyatt Earp’s second wife dies for a lethal dose of laudanum. The coroner ruled it a suicide. Working as a prostitute in Dodge City she became the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp. She traveled with Wyatt to Tombstone and would remain there until the murder of Morgan Earp and the assassination attempt on Vergil Earp by the Cowboys. Wyatt Earp would send the remaining family to Colton California where his parents lived for their safety. Once the family was put on the train, Wyatt Earp went on the famous Vendetta Ride to hunt down the killers of his younger brother Morgan. After the Vendetta Ride, Wyatt would not return to Mattie. He would go on to continue a relationship with  Josephine “Sadie” Marcus who would become Wyatt’s third wife. Mattie left Colton for Pinal City, Arizona territory where she work as a prostitute again until she died.

 

 

 

 

“Wild Bill” Hickok Born May 27, 1837

“Wild Bill” Hickok

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok was born May 27, 1837 in Troy Grove, Illinois.

Fire In Tombstone! May 25, 1882

Tombstone Fire Of 1882

On May 25, 1882 a 2nd major fire ripped through Tombstone. The spark started in the back of Tivoli Saloon in a water closet. This artical was published on May 26, 1882 in the Los Angeles Herald. It was sent to the Herald by the Western Union Telegraph.

 

Los Angeles Herald, Filre 26 May 1882

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Bird Cage Theater by Michael Paul

Bird Cage Theater By Michael Paul PhotoWorks

Bird Cage Theater By Michael Paul PhotoWorks

Reward Issued For The Capture Of Billy The Kid May 7, 1881

Pat Garrett

May 7, 1881 Governor Lew Wallace would again offer a $500.00 dollar reward for the capture of Billy The Kid after his escape from jail.  Below is one of the wanted posters. Notice the writing in the bottom right? This particular wanted poster was said to be sent to Governor Lew Wallace by Pat Garrett.

Billy The Kid Wanted Poster

                            Bottom Right: Governor, the deed is done.
                                                                                            Patrick F. Garrett

Milt Joyce Raffels Painting From Oriental To Assist Grieving Widow

Milt E. Joyce

Milt Joyce, the owner of the Oriental, would raffle a painting admired by many called “The Awakening” that hung over his bar. The painting depicted a nude woman awaking from her sleep and was estimated over a $100.00 dollars. He would sell tickets at $1.00 each. The raffle was to raise money for Mrs. Wyxtrum who lost her husband month before. He had been killed in a well in April. John Wystrum would be buried in Boothill and later moved to the New City Cemetery a couple of years later. The article was posted in the Tombstone Epitaph Weekly on  May 6, 1882.

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First Issue of the Tombstone Epitaph is Published May 1, 1880

John Philip Clum 1870

On May 1, 1880, John Clum published his first issue of the Tombstone Epitaph. The Epitaph covered many of Tombstone’s historical events. The Epitaph is still published today making it the oldest published newspaper in Arizona.

The Tomstone epitaph March 18, 1882 Example of the top of the first page of the March 18th, 1882 issue

Billy the Kid’s Tintype Sold for 2.3 Million

Billy the Kid's Tintype

In Denver of 2011 at the Brian Lebel’s 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction, the only known tintype of Billy the Kid sold for 2.3 millon dollars. Its belived that the tintype was taken in 1879 or 1880 at Fort Sumter for the price of 25 cents.

February 16, 1878 Morgan Silver Dollar

February 16th 1878 the Morgan Silver Dollar becomes U.S. legal tender.

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1878 Morgan Silver Dollar (Front)

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1878 Morgan Silver Dollar (Back)

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