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Sidthesciencekid
1242090.  Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:13 pm Reply with quote

The Gunfight at the OK Corral, considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, didn't actually take place at the OK Corral. The shootout's actual location was in a empty lot, about 6 doors west of the back door of the OK corral.

The gunfight began when City Marshal confronted a group of cowboys for breaking the recently passed town law that anyone entering the town with a bowie knife, dirk, pistol or rifle must deposit those weapons in a livery of saloon shortly after arriving.

The town this took place in, Tombstone, Arizona, was named that because the founder Ed Schieffelin was told by a friend when searching for ore in that area that the only thing he would be able to find out there was his own tombstone.

 
BoysGreat
1242151.  Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:39 pm Reply with quote

Despite the gun fight involved of eight people, sadly it only lasts around 30 seconds. The shootout itself did not take place within the OK Coral itself, but all the shooting occurred near the current intersection in Tombstone.

 
brunel
1242161.  Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:58 am Reply with quote

BoysGreat wrote:
Despite the gun fight involved of eight people, sadly it only lasts around 30 seconds. The shootout itself did not take place within the OK Coral itself, but all the shooting occurred near the current intersection in Tombstone.

Weren't at least two of those men thought to have been unarmed at the time that it took place as well?

 
ZoeybeGreen
1242613.  Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:25 pm Reply with quote

Tombstone was actually the biggest boomtown in the south-west at the time, growing in population size from 100 to 7000 people in two years.(this is excluding Mexicans, Chinese, women and children, unfortunately)

Though it was named for having a lack of Ore as previously stated, silver mining attracted lots of wealth to the area and made it a very desirable location both for the elites and the criminal class!

 

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