A Lesser Known Bad Man

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Phin Clanton grave.

Phin Clanton was the oldest of the Clanton boys.  He managed to avoid the notoriety of his brothers Ike and Billy—mostly because he wasn’t at the OK Corral fight in 1881.

Phin was likely involved in the shooting of Virgil Earp, and he certainly rustled cattle, serving 17 months in Yuma in the late 1880s.  His end was mundane. On January 4, 1906, Phin was in a wagon accident and spent some time laying in the cold. He caught pneumonia and died the next day.  He’s buried in the Globe, AZ, Cemetery.

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