Honestly, I'm not sure how Mullin and Gilchriese arrived at their conclusion about the route. Shillingberg, who knew Gilchriese and his work as well as anybody, has the cowboys walking together to Fremont Street, with the two Clantons and Claiborne leaving the McLaury brothers at Bauer's to finish business, and Tom leaving Frank in conversation with Kehoe to join the others. See pp. 254-255, TOMBSTONE, A. T.
Actually, Mullin published very little on Tombstone. He was more of a researcher than a writer, and what he did write was mostly about the Lincoln County War and Pat Garrett. Gilchriese did prepare a large manuscript on Wyatt's life that never saw publication. Unfortunately, Gilchriese's aptitude was for collecting, not writing, and he was never able to satisfy his editor. Gilchriese sought assistance, but finally gave up on the project. I do not know what happened to the manuscript; I do know that there were materials in the Gilchriese Collection that were not included in the auctioned materials.
The route has importance only to the extent that in affects interpretation of the testimony given. Issues related to the movement of the McLaurys, the testimony of Sheriff Behan, Kehoe, and Mrs. King, the question of the horses, all may be potentially influenced by the route the cowboys took. It has little influence on outcome, I would agree, and I don't consider it "critical" in any case. I guess at heart, it concerns the desire to know the movements of the cowboys after they passed through the O. K. Corral. Reconciling the testimony of witnesses like Behan, King, Coleman, Allen, and Kehoe would be easier if we had a clear understanding of their movements. Unfortunately, the testimony is also the chief way we have of determining their movements. So we hypothesize and see how the evidence fits, hoping we'll get a better idea of how things unfolded.
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