Somewhere in Glenwood Springs’ Linwood Cemetery, lie the remains of Western legend John “Doc” Holliday. His marker is the main attraction that lures visitors to the old graveyard. But don’t miss the other “attractions” here – artfully decaying gravestones, hand-wrought iron work, twisted old juniper trees and sprawling views of Glenwood Springs.
History. Doc Holliday lore ends in Glenwood Springs where the dentist-turned-gunslinger succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 36 on November 8, 1887. Though officially considered an outlaw for the part he played in the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., Holliday is remembered by history as a hard-drinking gentleman card shark who was the long-time and loyal friend of lawman Wyatt Earp. After the shootout, Holliday evaded arrest and ended up in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He hoped the climate and the mineral hot springs would cure his advanced illness. No such luck. On his deathbed, Holliday is reported to have said, “Damn, this is funny.” Apparently he thought he would be shot or hanged, not die in bed with his boots off.
Views. The Doc Holliday Trail begins at 12th and Bennett. Take your time; the hike is a half-mile and steep. Stop at the benches along the way to rest and snap some pictures of Mt. Sopris and Glenwood Springs. At the cemetery don’t miss the gravesites of outlaw Harvey Logan, aka “Kid” Curry, and Potter’s Field where Glenwood’s poorest souls were laid to rest.
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