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Monday, October 26, 2020

139 Years Ago

The Gunfight at the OK Corral (or, actually, several doors down the street from it) took place on this day in 1881.



"Gunfight Next to the Photography Studio" probably didn't have the same resonance.

12 comments:

Deadstick said...

Love the Wiki reference to the site: "one of eight liveries and corrals in the city of about 5,300 residents, excluding Chinese and children".

Pete said...

"I'll be your huckleberry."

Sorry, just such a good line.

Pete

LRod said...

Pete:

"I'm your huckleberry."

LRod

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

Pete said...

Even better. Thanks for the correction, LRod.

Pete

Captain Witold Pilecki said...

I bought an "I'm Your Huckleberry" T-shirt off eBay this Summer to wear when out on the bike. Don't forget Doc's other taunt "You're a Daisy if you do" which is supposed to be pretty historically accurate.

Paul said...

Doc Holliday : Why, Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just... walked over your grave.
Johnny Ringo (biggest Oh Crap face in TVTropes lore) : My fight's not with you, Holliday.
Doc Holliday : I beg to differ, sir. We started a game we never got to finish. "Play for Blood," remember?
Johnny Ringo (starting to sweat) : Oh that. I was just foolin' about.
Doc Holliday (dead serious) : I wasn't.

P.S. it's also National Black Cat Day.

Paul said...

Seriously, there was a book I loved about the OK Corral fight and its aftermath called "And Die In the West" by Paula Mitchell Parks, and if your library owns it check it out for a solid read.

seafury said...

I love westerns and that's one of my favorites. The other is Appaloosa.
Oh and one more line " Your friends may get me in a rush but not before I turn your head into a canoe" "He's bluffin " " no he ain't bluffing"

Ten Bears said...

Not to get all sciency, technical, engineered and mathmatized, but give thought to a moment to the ahhhhh .... proximity. The camera is deceiving, the film doesn't give a sense of how small an area within which this took place, probably not more than your average city-sized lot. I don't know enough about film-making to know if they were all in the mockup together shooting blanks at each other as rehearsed and it doesn't really matter, if it were the real world those guys would be shooting at each other from about ten, fifteen tops, paces. Firing 30 and 44 caliber slugs. "Shot to doll rags" doesn't do it justice; hell's belles the film doesn't even accurately depict what would happen with even one barrel of Doc's 10 gauge.

Great movie though, just watched it not too long ago with the not quite alzheimered ex-father-in-law.

Comrade Misfit said...

Ten Bears, my recollection was that it was more like an alley. A bunch of guys firing black-powder repeaters; it might have gotten a bit smokey.

BadTux said...

The fact that so few of the rounds fired actually hit something despite the close proximity just goes to show that adrenalin is a hell of a drug.

Comrade Misfit said...

That doesn't shock anyone whose ever been in a fast-paced match, let alone combat. NYPD's had some horrible discrepancies between rounds fired and hits.