A new photo of Doc Holliday?

True West Magazine recently published an article I wrote about what could be a previously unknown photograph of John Henry Holliday. Here’s the story behind the article. A couple of years ago, Don McKenna sent me a jpeg of the image you see here. It was part of a large collection of 19th century photographs … Read more…

Some pianos ARE too awful to play!

This morning, I drove into Tombstone early, hoping to beat the heat and the crowds. Spotted mining archeologist  Carey Granger and had a chance to ask him some additional questions, including, “Wait — they had two ice factories in Tombstone? How did they make ice?” He said they used ammonia and fire. “Did you ever … Read more…

First night in Tombstone

I’m blind-tired, fighting  a cold, and struggling with internet access, but this trip has already been useful. The main industry in Tombstone was mining — something almost overlooked in most portrayals of the events in 1881. So naturally, that’s what interests me most. Late this afternoon, I toured the Goodenough Mine, which has been excavated … Read more…