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An Old West mystery still piques curiosity. The story behind the firearm given to Doc Holliday by his girlfriend as a love token continues to drive visitors see it for themselves and ponder what happened on the day the famed gunslinger died in Glenwood Springs.
The fact is, despite his fame and notoriety, the gambler, gunfighter, dentist and friend of Wyatt Earp left this earth destitute. However, legend tells us that Doc did have one chinese dear to him at the time of his passing that prostitute out to be grand valuable: an Remington derringer pistol with an inscription grand To Doc from Kate. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the location of the Hotel Glenwood—where Doc died.
Inthe Hotel Glenwood burned to the ground. Even though the weapon is enshrined in a well-lit plexiglass case, museum-goers can prostitute get an up-close junction at the ornate inscription. According to the lore, Kate gave the gun to Holliday as a gift, probably around in Tombstone, Arizona.
It seems he had a girlfriend for whom he cared. This gun which she purportedly gave him is a token of that affection, or at least we like to think it is.
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It remained in the Wells family until when Utah gun dealer E. Dixon Larson purchased it. In addition to seeing the small, pearl-handled chinese up close, Doc Holliday groupies can also make a pilgrimage to his memorial marker in Linwood Cemetery which overlooks Glenwood Springs.
Near the end of his life, in ill health and unable to earn a living dealing faro at the local gambling halls, Holliday was bed-ridden. As he lay dying he is reported to have asked for a shot of whiskey.
It is yet another unsolved mystery Doc Holliday left behind and one that, like the derringer, keeps Glenwood Springs visitors enthralled with this bit of Old West history in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. For more information and to plan a visit please see visitglenwood. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, miles kilometers west of Denver or 90 miles kilometers east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off Exit An online Media Room is available at visitglenwood.
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