A special feature of the museum is a large collection of personal items that belonged to Wyatt and Virgil Earp as well as numerous unpublished photos of the Earps.
In the world of Tombstone historians, John Gilchriese has long been acknowledged as The Expert. He started visiting and interviewing former residents of Tombstone in the 1930's and it is only through his avid pursuit of history that we have most of the documents and photos that exist today. One of the most outstanding friendships Mr. Gilchriese enjoyed was that of John Flood, who died in the 1950's. Flood was Wyatt Earp’s secretary, confidante and best friend for many, many years. He inherited all of the Earp’s belongings and in turn, passed them on to John Gilchriese who opened his Wyatt Earp Museum in Tombstone in 1966. After several successful years he closed the museum. We feel like we’ve picked up the torch from him in preserving Tombstone’s history. Many of the photos and documents that are on display have been purchased from Mr. Gilchriese over the years.
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