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Letter: Get over Doc

I’m sorry, but I just don’t get Glenwood Springs’ preoccupation with Doc Holliday, an alcoholic and consumptive gambler and gunfighter who stayed in the Glenwood Hotel for about six months before he died in 1887. Recently, Holliday’s derringer supposedly was recovered with much ballyhoo, and now I read he is going to have his own museum.

Glenwood Springs seems obsessed with outlaws; Kid Curry, Tom Horn, Al Capone, Ted Bundy, etc. Buffalo Bill Cody and Teddy Roosevelt visited Glenwood Springs, too. Where’s their museum?

The local legend is Gussie Blake hired Holliday to kill a patron in her brothel when he overstayed his welcome and did not pay. The deadbeat’s unmarked grave was supposed to be in the brothel’s backyard. I’m sure Blake had her recalcitrant customers and she certainly had the money to pay Holliday, but I doubt if it’s true. It’s a good story, though, and never let the truth interfere with a good story.



There is some difference of opinion on Holliday’s character. Google says he never started a fight and never backed down from one, and the placard on I-70 says he could turn an innocent joke into a deadly insult. I’m inclined to believe the latter. I’ve known guys like that.

Fred Malo Jr.



Carbondale


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