Wyatt the Farmer?


In June 1880, Philip M. Thurmond walked around the newly formed mining camp of Tombstone and asked for the vital statistics of every person he could find. Acting on a federally mandated census, Thurmond tabulated 2,170 residents from all over the globe: Germany, Ireland, England, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Spain, Japan, China and South America are represented, making Tombstone a very global village. Interestingly, Wyatt Earp, 32, of Illinois, stated his occupation as “farmer.”

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