Doc Holliday's dental chair now on display in Crestview

Doc Holliday Chair unveiling

Dr. Richard Thomas, garbed as a Wild West gambler, gives Edie Giovanini a tour of his lobby exhibit room displaying artifacts of Dr. John "Doc" Holliday, including his dental chair.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A dentist's chair once belonging to Wild West gunslinger, gambler and, yes, dentist, has found a permanent home in Crestview.

Dr. Richard Thomas and his staff hosted a public open house Friday night to unveil an exhibit devoted to Dr. John "Doc" Holliday, a Philadelphia dental school graduate.

Doc Holliday, famous in American history — and legend — as a participant and survivor of the 1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral,  practiced dentistry through much of his brief, colorful life.

Thomas purchased Holliday's late 19th-century chair on an Internet auction. With its pedal-powered drill, trimmed leather padding and metal ornamentation, the equipment looks like something from a Jules Verne novel.

As friends and patients lined up Saturday for a personal tour of the exhibit room Thomas had built off his lobby, his office staff served refreshments and talked of the excitement leading up to the exhibit opening.

"We know more about Doc Holliday than anyone in town now," office manager Rhonda LeDuc said.


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