Did Wyatt Earp own any saloons in Alaska?
Prescott Valley, Arizona
I just re-read Ann Kirschner’s True West article about Wyatt Earp’s time in Nome, Alaska. His only saloon ownership was a partnership with Charlie Hoxsie at the Dexter. Wyatt sold out to Hoxsie in the fall of 1901 and returned home with $80,000, equivalent to $2 million. What happened to the money? His wife, Josie, spent a tidy sum gambling, while Wyatt invested in worthless mines and friends. Soon, the couple was broke.
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My great-grandfather apparently was a bartender in Wyatt Earp’s saloon in Nome, Alaska. I haven’t been able to confirm that. What happened to Earp’s papers, especially those related to his Gold Rush days?