Outlaw Doc Holliday in Denison, Texas
David Bryant emailed:
Doc Holliday initially practiced dentistry in
Atlanta in 1872. Diagnosed with tuberculosis soon after starting his practice,
Holliday decided to move to a drier climate out west. He opened a practice in
Dallas, Texas, in March of 1873, but his constant cough turned off patients and
he soon turned to gambling
for his income. Knowing his life was destined to be
short, he soon gained a reputation for being a very successful card player who
was also quick to take offense and prone to violence. On January 1, 1875, he
was arrested in Dallas after trading gunfire with a saloon-keeper and fined
(neither man was injured), and he decided to move his practice to Denison soon
after. After being found guilty and fined for illegal gambling in Denison in
1875, Holliday decided to leave Texas. He subsequently spent time in the Dakota
and Colorado territories before returning to Texas. Holliday was living in Fort
Griffin, Texas, when he first met Wyatt Earp, in 1877.
So Holliday was in Denison, but not for very long.
Sears emailed: For a slightly different accounty of John Henry "Doc"
Holliday's arrival (1874) in and final departure (1875) from Denison,
see Doc Holliday : A Family Portrait, by Karen Holliday Tanner
(University of Oklahoma Pres, 1998, pp. 93-96). Google Books has those pages.
particular interest to me was the revelation that when Holliday set out
for Colorado, "He left behind five unclaimed letters at the Denison
Post Office. Apparently the letters were returned to his family
REFERENCE LIST :
Roberts, “Doc Holliday- The Life and Legend.”
Doc Holliday left Dallas in June, 1874 for Denison. By May, 1875 he left Denison, going
west. The Denison (Texas) Daily Cresset reported unclaimed mail for
Holliday the same month.
Jim McIntire, “Early Days’ in Texas’” “A Trip to
Hell and Heaven” 1902. McIntire writes
about his move to Denison from Ft. Worth in the latter part of 1884 “From Ft.
Worth I went to Denison, where I played the games at the White Elephant
saloon. The officers of Denison were all
right, and I stayed there for two months.’’
McIntire was wanted for murder in New Mexico and “Special Officers” came
to Denison to arrest him. He was tipped
off and hired a horse (from the White Elephant Livery ?) and rode to the second
station out of Denison on the Texas Pacific Railroad. He bought a ticket to Shreveport, Louisiana,
and took the first train. From Shreveport
he travelled by boat to Baton Rouge and completed his trip to New Orleans by
Mississippi River Boat.
Richard Selcer, “Legendary Watering Holes- The
Saloons that made Texas Famous” 2004.
Chapter Five is about the White Elephant in Ft. Worth but mentions the
White Elephant in Denison and other places.
There is a lot of information about Gabriel Burgower and John Ward who were
from Denison. Burgower had a grocery
business on Main Street and Ward had been a conductor for the KATY
railroad. Also, there are pictures of
Bill Ward, Luke Short, Jim McIntyre (sic), and Tim Courtright and a lot of
information about them. This book and
Jim McIntire’s book are must reads to get the whole story. I saw some reference that the Austin College
library had a copy of the McIntire book.
Robert K. DeArment, “Deadly Dozen-Forgotten
Gunfighters of the Old West” 2010.
Chapter Nine tells the story about McIntire. A photo of Jim McIntire is shown on the book