Experience History with the New Wyatt Earp Exhibit at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

March 29, 2018

PHOENIX – Wyatt Earp is a legend, and Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is hosting a grand opening event to display never-before-seen notes, letters, a manuscript, and photos about his life.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Courthouse. In addition to the Wyatt Earp display, there will be faro demonstrations, photo props, and family crafts and activities. Wyatt and Josephine Earp reenactors will also be on site for the day.

 

The collection includes handwritten letters from Wyatt Earp’s wife, Josephine, to friend and unpaid secretary John H. Flood, Jr.; Flood’s handwritten notes for an Earp biography from interviews with Earp; 50 pages of carbon copies of an early typed manuscript of Earp’s biography, with edits; photos and negatives of Earp and Josephine as seniors and of Josephine’s return visit to Tombstone in the 1930s; and documents from Josephine’s last will and from Earp’s “Happy Days” mine. The entire collection was generously donated by Eric and Nicole Weider.

 

Some of the collection will be exhibited on a rotating basis, but the majority will be available year-round to researchers and Wild West enthusiasts. Wyatt Earp moved to Tombstone in 1879 during the Silver Boom with his brothers. He and his brothers clashed with a group of outlaws called the Cowboys. The tensions culminated in the gunfight at the OK Corral on October 26, 1881.

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park was built in 1882 and served as the Cochise County Courthouse. It was established as a state park in 1959 and now features authentic interpretive exhibits on the history of Tombstone and Cochise County, including period sheriff’s office, artist drawings and interpretations of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp, mining exhibit area, saloon and gaming room, period lawyers office and courtroom, ranching, and residents of Tombstone.

WHAT: Wyatt Earp exhibit grand opening and family event

WHERE: Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, 223 Toughnut Street, Tombstone, Ariz.

WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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