Who Was Johnny Ringo, the Gunslinger?

Who Was Johnny Ringo, the Gunslinger?

Visit Old Tombstone Western Theme Park While in Tombstone, Arizona
Johnny Ringo was an outlaw in the American Old West who was loosely associated with the Cochise County Cowboys. Born in 1850, he grew up in Texas and moved to Tombstone, in the Arizona Territory, in 1881. And there he started causing all kinds of trouble. He loved gunfights, and he was lightning quick on the draw – a real gunslinger. In Texas he was involved in the Mason County War, during which he committed his first killing. Johnny, the gunslinger, was arrested and charged with murder. He was affiliated with Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan, Ike Clanton, and Frank Stilwell during 1881–1882. That put Ringo on a collision path with the Earps, the famous lawmaking brothers. He famously got into a confrontation in Tombstone with Doc Holliday. Both men were arrested for wearing guns in town, although they didn’t draw on each other that day – and was suspected by Wyatt Earp of having taken part in the attempted murder of Virgil Earp.

Johnny’s death was as chaotic as his life. It was the Fourth of July and everyone in Tombstone was celebrating. Ringo’s celebration was quite explosive. He drank heavily that day, and then left town two days later with several bottles of liquor for the ride. Deputy Billy Breakenridge saw him two days later near Dial’s Ranch in the South Pass of the Dragoon Mountains. He later wrote that “Ringo was very drunk, reeling in the saddle.” He encouraged Ringo to follow him back to the Goodrich Ranch, but he was drunk and stubborn and went on his way. At about 3pm on July 13, ranch hands at a nearby ranch heard a shot. They found Ringo’s body lying beside his horse with a gunshot wound to the head. Ringo’s six-shooter lay beside him, fully loaded. It is thought that he shot himself, although no one knows for sure. Ringo’s death remains a mystery to this day.

Old Tombstone Western Theme Park Keeps the Wild, Wild West Alive
Well, the West was definitely wild! And at Old Tombstone Western Theme Park, they’re still keeping it close to the historical record, but adding a heap of Hollywood and a helping of fun. This is where you’ll find the world famous gunfight shows that everyone is talking about. Actors perform thrilling stunts that are straight from the Old Western movies as they shoot it out like cowboys of the 1800s. You’ll explode with laughter while being amazed at the same time. Reviews by visitors have stated that the show is “engaging,” “best gunfight show ever,” and “fun and historical.”

There are so many reasons to take your family to Tombstone this summer. They’ll latch onto some western history… and have a whole heap of fun. This is recommended for people of all ages. Now that’s a rare thing – to find entertainment rated E for everyone!

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