They Went Looking for Stilwell
Limited Edition Print - 30x38
Oct 26, 1881. Tombstone, AZ. Tensions between the Earp's and Clantons come to a head and during a 27-second shootout on Fremont Street, three members of the Clanton "gang" were killed. Ike Clanton charges the Earp's with first-degree murder and after the longest preliminary hearing in Arizona history, Judge Wells Spicer finds the Earp's innocent of the charge. On March 18, 1882, while playing a game of pool, Morgan Earp was murder by shots fired through a window. Wyatt Earp, along with Doc Holliday and a few other friends, took Morgan's dead body to Tucson to put it on a train to California where the Earp's parents lived. A crippled Virgil Earp was also put on the train.
While they were in the train yard, Wyatt spotted suspected assassin, Frank Stilwell, lurking about with a shotgun. Wyatt ran him down and killed him (hence the train tracks in the print). Strangely enough, the Earp's gunfire didn't draw any attention and this was because for the first time in Tucson's history there were lights installed to brighten the streets at night; thus Earp's gunshots were thought to be celebratory in nature...as if someone was shooting his gun off to celebrate the new lighting system.