The Women Behind the Gunfight

Allie Packingham Sullivan Earp

The Earp women were frantic when the guns went off.

So when the OK Corral fight broke out, what were the Earp women doing? According to Virgil’s spouse Allie, “The noise was awful it was so close — just a couple of short blocks up the street. Lou laid her hands in her lap and bent her head. I jumped up and ran out the door. Nothin’ could ever keep me from Virge when I thought he was in danger. Mattie was outdoors. Her hair was done up in curlers and she was ashamed to have people see them so she ran back inside the house.”

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