Silver Tailings: The End of Virgil Earp


At one time Goldfield was the largest city in Nevada and boasted some notable people and events, including Wyatt and Virgil Earp, famous for the gunfight at the OK Corral in Arizona.  Virgil Earp moved to Goldfield in 1904, along with his wife, Allie.

Shortly after his arrival, Earp became a deputy with the Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office, but his term was brief.  The following year, he came down with pneumonia and on October 19th, 1905, he died in the Miners’ Union Hospital of Goldfield.

But he is not buried in Goldfield, as some stories report. Instead, he’s buried in Portland, Oregon, the home of his daughter, Nellie.

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