Doc’s Gal

Big Nose Kate
Big Nose Kate

The relationship of Doc Holliday and “Big Nose Kate” is well known.  But when did it start?  Many accounts say the pair met in Ft. Griffin, TX in the late 1870s.  Holliday biographer Gary Roberts disagrees.

He says they got together when both were in St. Louis in the spring of 1872.  Doc was practicing his profession of dentistry; Kate was practicing the much different profession of prostitution.  It’s not clear just what happened, but sparks must have flown.  They were together, off and on, until Holliday headed for Colorado after the Vendetta Ride.

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.