Old West Legends
Legends of America website about Wyatt Earp – Frontier Lawman

Tombstone Western Heritage Museum
Tombstone’s history of lawmen and outlaws is told through exhibits of Western memorabilia.

Wyatt Earp House
The restored Tombstone, AZ house where Wyatt Earp lived.

Tombstone Times
Tombstone, AZ’s Monthly History and Information Journal since 2003

Ten Wyatt Earp Movies
AMC presents the Ten Faces of Wyatt Earp from Kevin Costner to Erroll Flynn


The American West

Buffalo Bill

Kit Carson

Annie Oakley

Jesse James


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Benton-Cohen, Katherine. Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

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Eppinga, Jane. Images of America: Tombstone. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

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The legend of the Wild West has been played out in American Popular culture since the start of westward expansion. The real-life people who helped tame the west would shape the western heroes celebrated in film and television for decades.