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From perhaps the most famous town of the Old West...

Item # 687599

July 15, 1881

THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Arizona, July 15, 1881  

* Best Old West title to be had
* Pre Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in popular culture.
This issue was printed just 3 months before the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. In fact the back page has a report involving one of those involved in the gunfight.
The article begins: "Mike Ryan, the man from whom Marshal Earp took $930 on Wednesday night to save it for him, is an ungrateful fellow. Yesterday Mr. Earp..." with more, he being Virgil Earp, who at the time was chief of police for Tombstone. It was Virgil, his 2 younger brothers (Wyatt & Morgan) and Doc. Holliday who figured prominently in the gunfight at the OK Corral.

The front page has 2 Ordinance notices signed by John Clum, the first mayor of Tombstone, the publisher of the Epitaph, and the person who captured Geronimo. The ftpg. also has: "Another Murder" "California's School of Crime" and "A Demon Lynched".
Page 2 has five "Sheriff's Sale" notices signed by: J. H. Behan, Sheriff. Johnny Behan served as Sheriff of Cochise County in the Arizona Territory, during the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and was known for his opposition to the Earps. 
Complete in 4 pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, very nice condition. This issue is in much better condition than most of this title we have found.

Category: The Old West