Who Was Big Nose Kate and How Was She Connected With the World Famous Gunfight at the OK Corral?

Who Was Big Nose Kate and How Was She Connected With the World Famous Gunfight at the OK Corral?

Come See the Comedy Gunfight at Old Tombstone Western Theme Park!
When you visit Old Tombstone Western Theme Park, you’ll walk in the footsteps of some of the most famous names from the Old West – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, and more. And you’ll also discover some amazing people you’ve never heard of, like Mary Katherine Horony Cummings, better known as Big Nose Kate.

Kate was a “sporting woman” and the common-law wife of John Henry “Doc” Holliday, the notorious gunfighter who stepped in as a deputy to Virgil and Wyatt Earp and put his shootin’ iron on the side of the law in the gunfight at the OK Corral. 

Kate’s parents emigrated to the US from Hungary but died a month after they arrived. She ran away from her foster home at 16 and stowed away on a riverboat bound for St. Louis. She briefly married a dentist, and she must have been partial to that profession, because she spent the rest of her life with another dentist: Doc Holliday. 

It’s true. Doc Holliday is best known for gambling and gunplay, but as he and Kate moved from town to town, he almost always ran a dentistry practice in the daytime.

The Tombstone location now named for Big Nose Kate got its start in 1880 as the Grand Hotel. It was known as the finest lodging in the state, and all the famous names from the OK Corral passed through its doors. Ike Clanton and the McLaury Brothers were registered there the night before they faced the Earps in the gunfight at the OK Corral.

The Grand Hotel burned down in 1882, but the site is still active now as Big Nose Kate’s Saloon – just one of the historic places you’ll see on your way to witness our world famous Comedy Gunfight at Old Tombstone Western Theme Park. If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you’ll love the wild goings on as the Tombstone Gunfight gets underway. And you can be glad you’re here to see a gunfight, not go visit an Old West dentist like Doc Holliday!

A visit to the Old Tombstone Theme Park is like going back in time to the 1800s, when sporting women and gunfighters and outlaws got along when they could and fought when they had to. Our amusement park conjures up the look and feel of the Old Tombstone. Actors and staff reenact the shootouts, the life, and even the cowboy grub to give you a fun time you won’t forget and to keep the legend of Tombstone legend alive. If you’re looking for a taste of the Old West, come visit with us right here at the Old Tombstone Theme Park. 

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