I don't reckon you can trust ANYTHING you can read in them now.
Yes Gary, I think something can still be learned from this article.
I think the historical newspaper coverage that has been preserved in the US is brilliant. I don't think it has been in Australia to the same degree, outside the major centers. Still, I feel there must be big gaps in frontier history. I just wonder if the Star did dig up all the dirt on Holliday and the Earps, although no doubt they were trying. It seems as though "Earps" was a political focus, which I had not appreciated.
by 1884. With the Earps gone, a pattern developed of blaming them for all kinds of things that were never even suggested while they were there. Editorial interests have a way of changing over time. I ... more
Peter: The Tucson city directory cited in your message can be found in the 1988 Copper State Bulletin, produced by the Arizona State Genealogical Society (ASGS). The ASGS has morphed into the Pima... more
the story is quite true. But I have qualified my thoughts in a post above. While I think it is folly to depend on this one article for the accuracy of the story, I also think it's just as silly to... more
Butch, I don't think this story has been dismissed out of hand. The detailed reporting that Kenny provided and the information I added demonstrates that the circumstances of the San Augustin Festival ... more
Hi Gary I wonder what was considered the "Top and Bottom" gang, could have been conflated with the "Earp gang", a later thing, in the public mind. I guess all these roving and colorful gamblers were... more
As Gary made clear, if it were true the Earp's newspaper enemies at the time would have made the most of it as opposed to what they actually did, which was say nothing at all Never trust the media... more