My theme for A- Z is the year my book takes place: 1881. I'll be posting about people, places, and random facts about the year as it relates - however distantly - to my book.
Today's post is for Wyatt Earp. Not a bad looking guy, eh?
Wyatt Earp was born in 1848 and lived until 1929. As a boy he repeatedly tried to follow his brothers into war (the Civil War). After his first wife died he moved to Kansas where he allegedly frequented the saloons, gambling houses, and
brothels, and had a few close calls with
the law enforcement. But after helping track
down a wagon thief, Earp joined the police force in Dodge City where he would make the acquaintance of Doc Holliday.
In 1879 Wyatt moved to Tombstone, Arizona to join his brothers, hoping to get rich off the silver mines. When that didn't pan out (haha) he returned to the law and as Deputy Town Marshal in Tombstone, took part
in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral on October 26, 1881.
In my novel, West of Paradise, Jack (our hero) is a history buff and actually gets to see the gunfight, which occurs just before all hell breaks lose for a second time in Tombstone.
Thankfully I'm a bit of a history buff, too, so I had a lot of fun with the research.