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Wyatt Earp in Seattle: The man who created the modern Old West | History Files


Last updated 11/19/2018 at Noon

When I was young, I didn't understand why this area was never in Western movies. After all, Puget Sound is about as far west as you can get. Instead, "Gunsmoke" was in Dodge City.

Dodge City? That's Kansas. Not very West. "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" also spent a couple of seasons in Dodge City before moving to Tombstone, Arizona. Now Tombstone was at least in a Western state, or territory as it was in 1880.

Over the years, I have learned the reason why Dodge City and Tombstone feature so much in movie and TV representations of the Old West. The answer, simp...

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