Crestview dentist to unveil permanent 'Doc' Holliday exhibit

Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM.

The exhibit also features late 19th-century playing cards, dice, clay poker chips, a casino card shoe and a leather-topped card table, which spotlight Holliday's gambler personality.

Thomas — whose fascination with the Old West began when he was a child playing cowboys and Indians in Utah — has avidly studied Holliday's colorful life, which mainly included gambling and frequent drinking as his tuberculosis progressed.

Holliday's legend grew after he stood with the Earp brothers — Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan — during the infamous Oct. 26, 1881, "Gunfight at the OK Corral" in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.

An enlarged illustration of the quartet — walking down Tombstone's main street shortly before the battle — appears in a new exhibit room at Thomas's Alabama Street office, as will a bottle of Holliday's favorite beverage, Old Overholt whiskey, and a vintage crystal shot glass.

Thomas and his staff will unveil the exhibit on Nov. 8, the 126th anniversary of Holliday's death.

Dentist and dandy

Thomas praised Holliday as a smart fellow dentist who, he believes, was misunderstood.

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