Illinois

World Columbian Exposition

“Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was a watershed event in American history. It drew people from all around the world, including Josephine and Wyatt. Josephine was excited to plan their trip, which would include racing Lottie Mills.” -p. 86, Lady at the OK Corral

Below the Law

“Wyatt was arrested at least twice in Peoria before leaving for Kansas, where he ran brothels with his brother James and James’s common-law wife Bessie.” -p. 36, Lady at the OK Corral

Birth of an Earp

“Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848, in Illinois, the fifth of the eight children of Nicholas and Virginia Cooksey Earp. Named for his father’s commanding officer in the Mexican War, Wyatt was too young to serve in the civil War, but three brothers fought on the Union side. Oldest brother Newton […]