The O.K. Corral
The O.K. Corral was home to one of the most famous gun fights in 1881 between Wyatt Earp and Clanton. There were a few others involved, including Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp. It is the story that has been the basis of many movies in Hollywood. Now it is a part of one of the best tourist attractions that you can find for western history. Located on Allen Street, it is home to many reenactments and things of that nature. There is plenty to learn about and plenty to do at the Corral.
Brief History of the O.K. Corral
Most people don’t know why it is called the O.K. Corral. The name originates from the Pennsylvania Dutch country of New York State. Martin Van Buren was supported in his presidential campaign by a political club in his home town of Kinderhook, that club was called the “Oll Korrect” club. Later that name was changed to the “Old Kinderhook” club, and then finally it was shortened to the “O.K.” club. Eventually the term became more of a general one, and that is why John Montgomery used it as part of the name when he created the Corral in 1879.
Right now the Love family currently owns the Corral. Corrals were originally built by folks to use as transportation hubs from city to city. There was a co-founder with John Montgomery in Edward Benson, but in 1882 John Montgomery bought out Benson. There are many other stories that involve this place and many others on Allen Street. Now it is a tourist attraction that many people take advantage of every year. You can really get a taste of what it was like to live in Tombstone during the 1880s.
To find out more about the O.K. Corral, you can visit their website at:
You can also reach them by phone at (520) 457-3456, and their address is 326 East Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638. They are open Monday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.