Crestview dentist to unveil permanent 'Doc' Holliday exhibit

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

"It was hard to tell in those days who was a scoundrel and who wasn't," Thomas said. "He was actually a pretty darned good dentist. He was a real smart guy."

The exhibit room, with velvet-flocked wallpaper, a pressed tin ceiling and period furnishings, reflects Holliday's elegance, Thomas said.

"He was a dandy," Thomas said. "He always dressed to the hilt. He wore an ascot with a diamond or a pearl in it."

Thomas watched in appreciation on Wednesday as contractor Joe Chancey and his wife, Becky, worked on the room to prepare for next week’s unveiling.

"Doc would be impressed with his new office," Thomas said. "I'm thinking, ‘If this stuff could talk...”

His voice trailed off as he stroked the collection of gambling artifacts.

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