My name’s Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

I can’t decide whether the Kevin Costner or the Kurt Russell version of Wyatt Earp is best, although Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday definitely tips things in favor of Tombstone.

I was going to write a quick outline of the Wyatt burial plot and then realized, Wikipedia had already done a much better job than I could’ve pulled off. So without further ado…

“[Earp’s wife] Josie, who was of Jewish heritage, had Earp’s body cremated and secretly buried his remains in the Marcus family plot at the Hills of Eternity, a Jewish cemetery in Colma, California. When she died in 1944, her remains were interred alongside his. In 1957, the Tombstone Restoration Commission looked for Wyatt’s ashes with the goal of having them moved to Tombstone. They contacted family members seeking permission and the location of his ashes, but no one could tell them where Wyatt was buried, not even his closest living relative, George Earp. Arthur King, a deputy to Earp from 1910-1912, finally revealed that Josephine had buried Wyatt’s cremated remains in Colma, California, and the Tombstone Commission cancelled its plans to relocate his ashes.

On July 8, 1957, thieves excavated the Earp’s grave in an apparent attempt to steal his cremated remains, but unable to find them, stole the simple, 600 pounds (270 kg) grave marker. The stone was eventually returned but a new, more elaborate marker was erected later on. Their gravesite is the most visited resting place in the Jewish cemetery.”

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