BiographiesMany of the characters of the old west lead larger-than-life lives turning these real people into myths. Some are household names while others are more obscure, but one thing they all have in common is their significant influence in the development of the western United States.
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was an American law enforcement officer and businessman who worked in several places in the American West, including Dodge City, Kansas and Tombstone, Arizona Territory. He worked in a variety of trades and took part in the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which lawmen killed three outlaw Cochise County Cowboys.
Christopher Houston Carson, better known as Kit Carson, was an American frontiersman. He was a fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and U.S. Army officer. He became a frontier legend in his own lifetime by biographies and news articles, and exaggerated versions of his exploits were the subject of dime novels.
John Henry "Doc" Holliday was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist. A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp, Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He developed a reputation as having killed more than a dozen men in various altercations, but modern researchers have concluded that, contrary to popular myth-making, Holliday killed only one to three men.