The movies portray Milt Joyce as your basic barkeep, a working owner of Tombstone’s Oriental Saloon. And that’s just one small slice of this remarkable man’s life. He had numerous investments in Arizona, from land to mining to various businesses (including the Oriental).
And by the mid-1880s, he was spending most of his time in California, where he owned a billiard parlor and a saloon. This “simple barkeep” became a very wealthy and successful man by the time he died of TB in San Francisco in 1889. He was only 42.