John Henry Holliday
Henry Holliday, dentist, gambler, gunfighter. An educated killer
with a gambler’s heart and a terminal illness, “Doc” Holliday is one
of the best known gunfighters of the wild west.
Doc Holliday was born to a wealthy southern
family in 1851 and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of
Dentistry in 1872. Holliday worked as a dentist in
but contracted tuberculosis and moved west for his health. After
unsuccessful attempts at dentistry in
Dallas, Holliday discovered a proficiency for
gambling and gun play.
From 1875 to 1880, he bounced from town to
town, usually just ahead of an angry posse, drinking, gambling and
building a reputation with his six gun. Las Vegas, New Mexico
Territory was one such town. Doc had won part interest in a local
saloon in a card game. During his stay there, a popular soiled dove
named Sally Jensen had become the object of desire for a former Army
scout who wanted to take her away from her life in the saloon. After
creating a disturbance and shooting up the saloon, the cowboy makes
the fatal mistake of challenging John Holliday in the street outside
of Doc’s saloon.
The Arizona Gunfighters recreate this historic
tale with a professional costumed cast of over 30 gunfighters.
View a video of the Doc Holliday Show at
Arizona Best Fest in Prescott
"You're a Daisy
if you do"
to a dying Frank McLaury - October 26,