Special Sub-Topic: The Wild West:: Tombstone, AZ
|Founded in 1880, this Tombstone newspaper is the oldest continually published newspaper in Arizona. This newspaper published an account of events at the OK Corral, favorable to the Earps. What is this newspapers name?|
The Epitaph. The paper was founded by John Clum, a former Indian Agent. He was the first Mayor of Tombstone and is known for having captured Geronimo peacefully in 1877.
|The most famous US honky-tonk between 1881 and 1889, this saloon and Tombstone landmark was the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. Famous, for the small rooms with red velvet drapes suspended above the main floor, this saloon entertainment venue and house of ill repute, went by what name?|
Bird Cage Theater. At least 16 gunfights took place held at the Bird cage. It is still viewable today with 140 bullet holes in the walls and the actual 'bird cages' surrounding the main floor. Wyatt Earp met his third wife at the Birdcage Theater and lived with her for almost 50 years. They are both buried in California.
|Tombstone's early success and rise in prominence was based on a mining boom that produced millions of dollars in bullion between 1879 and 1890. What precious metal ore was discovered?|
Silver. 'Tombstone' was the name of the first mining claim, filed by Ed Schieffelin. The 'Lucky Cuss' and 'Tough Nut' mines were later established and reports that the Tough Nut mine was working a vein of silver ore 90 feet (27 m) across, soon led to a Tombstone population explosion.
|Tombstone is quite famous for the shootout at the OK Corral. Besides the three Earp brothers, which other famous gunman and gambler was there? |
Doc Holliday. Doc Holliday was a lifelong friend of Wyatt Earps. Doc Holliday moved to Colorado and passed away at the age of 36. In a bed, with his boots off.
|Four Earp brothers arrived in Tombstone in 1879-1880. Of these four, which one did NOT participate in the OK Corral shootout?|
Warren Earp. Warren was the youngest Earp and was not at the OK Corral, although he later rode with Wyatt to avenge his brother Morgan's murder.
|What catastrophic event caused Tombstone to fall into decay and become almost abandoned, with only 700 residents remaining by 1900?|
The mines became flooded with water and collapsed. When the mines flooded and subsequent efforts to resume mining operations while pumping the water out were unsuccessful, most folks began leaving the town.
In its heyday (mid-1881) Tombstone boasted a bowling alley, four churches, an ice house, a school, two banks, three newspapers, and an ice cream parlor, alongside 110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dancing halls and brothels.
|Lester Moore, buried in Boot Hill has one of the most famous epitaphs ever recorded. His tombstone reads: "HERE LIES LESTER MOORE, ___ SLUGS FROM A 44, NO LES NO MORE". How many slugs did Lester take?|
4. Lester Moore worked for Wells Fargo as an Arizona Station Agent. Although shot four times, he managed to fire one shot himself and mortally wounded his killer as well.
|The original Boot Hill hearse was black and trimmed in 24K gold and sterling silver. What name was this hearse known by?|
Black Moriah. Valued at well over 1 million dollars, the Back Moriah is still viewable today at the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone.
|Gambling and prostitution were rampant in the boom town days of Tombstone. In fact, the longest poker game in Western history is reported to have taken place here. This continuous poker game lasted how long?|
8 years, 5 months, 3 days. Although there were many poker players over the years, three of the better known participants were Doc Holliday, Diamond Jim Brady and Bat Masterson.
|Doc Holiday, friend of Wyatt Earp, and participant at the OK Corral shootout was romantically involved with Mary Katherine Horony. She is more commonly known as?|
Big Nose Kate. She was born in Pest, Hungary in 1850 and began her relationship with Doc Holliday in Texas during the early 1870s. She lived until 1940, passing away in Prescott, Arizona in 1940.
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