Old West gunfighters refer to people (mostly men!) who were quite handy using their firearms during the nineteenth century when settling the American West. They were not necessarily outlaws, although many were.
Some were law officers, or at least were at some point in their life. Some were known for being lawmen, yet sometimes acted a little "fishy" - going outside the law to accomplish their aims! Sometimes delivering vigilante justice. Others were on the wrong side of the law, always! Even, it seems, since childhood.
Some became well-known, infamous you could say, because of a particular old west gunfight! Like the one here in Tombstone, Arizona - pretty well known: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Let's first look at that one, and the old West gunfighters there.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is the famous draw putting Tombstone on the map. Especially since tourism became popular with the advent of automobile travel. The town historically began capitalizing on its sightseeing potential. Many citizens rely on tourism for their jobs and income.
The very first attraction was Boot Hill. It is still there and a popular place to visit today!
We have to say, about the most well-liked attractions in town are the gunfights. And of the gunfights, the Must-See is the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It's good to know the True History of that old West gunfight. How it developed, why it happened. For it is a true story!
While at the O.K. Corral Attraction, visitors gather on shaded viewing bleachers. They watch actors portray old west gunfighters who took part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
The scene isn't at the actual spot. They use fake "store-front" type buildings. It's a short, entertaining skit to give you an idea of what occurred that pivotal day! It's also devised to keep the little ones entertained, as well.
See these semi-movable, life-size figures of:
They're placed in their location at the start of the gunfight. A narration is set in motion by pushing a button. The figures move (to a degree, they don't fall) along with it, to show who fired when.
This is where the gunfight actually did occur. In this vacant lot. It's adjacent to photographer C.S. Fly's Studio. It's behind the actual O.K. Corral.
These old west gunfighters made news all across the country. Even world-wide! Think about when you've played "The Telephone Game" (probably in school!). You know how stories are changed! As you see, this news report (as well as many other reports) had errors!
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