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Wyatt Earp Mystery Car

Just when you thought there was nothing new to know about the infamous frontier marshal.

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One photo has always intrigued me. It shows the legendary Wyatt Earp standing next to a fancy car in the 1920s. Although several websites claim the car was Earp’s, I find that to be highly doubtful.

As you will read in this issue, Earp was friends with two of the biggest Western stars in Hollywood: Tom Mix and William S. Hart. Both actors were fans of Earp and, according to Hart’s son, his father had photos taken with Earp, although those photos were lost. We do know Hart often hired a photographer, or had a studio photographer accompany him; there are numerous photos of the actor with Western movie stars and celebrities like artist Charlie Russell and frontier marshal-turned-newspaperman Bat Masterson (see photo on p. 36).

Car enthusiast Anthony Martin of Riverside, California,...

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