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In search of the Earps

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My gal and I have done a lot of meandering while searching for old west history. Before I had an unscheduled hospital stay, we traveled through Tombstone and Wilcox, Ariz., to Goldfield, Nev., Colton and Colma, Calif., and the long forgotten ghost town of Vanderbilt on the edge of the Eastern Mojave near the Nevada border.

Everywhere we searched for legends, tales and tombstones of that bygone and lawless era.

There have been quite a few brother combinations throughout the old west. There was Frank and Jessie James, the Daltons and the Youngers. In the rowdy mining town of Tombstone, there were the cowboy gangs led by the Clantons and the McLaurys. However, though they gambled, cheated and drank, one could say on the other side of the law (most of the time) was the Earps.

All the Earp brothers, save one, were the offspring of Nicholas and Virginia Ann (Cooksey) Earp. They included, in chronological order, Newton, James, Virgil, Wyatt, Morgan, and Warren. The oldest brother, Newton, was the son of Nicholas and Abigail (Storm) Earp...


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