This Day in History
The Free Lands


Wyatt Earp Dies
January 13, 1929

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848. During his lifetime, he was a stagecoach driver, railroad construction worker, buffalo hunter and policeman. In 1881, as the Deputy U.S. Marshall for the Arizona territory, with three of his brothers and Doc Holliday, Earp participated in the gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881 against the Clantons and McLaurys. Later, Earp became a real estate investor and gold prospector. He eventually moved to California and worked in the motion picture industry. He died in Los Angeles on January 13, 1929.

Mort Künstler painted this scene, The Free Lands, which typifies Wyatt Earp as a marshall.





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