Outlaw - Doc Holliday
John Henry Holliday, aka Doc Holliday, the notorious gunfighter, gambler and guzzler practiced his dentistry and honed his card playing expertise in Dallas during the 1870s before he found permanent fame at the OK Corral. He was considered a very good dentist, having qualified at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. As patients started to dwindle when the coughing from his tuberculosis scared them off, he turned to card playing and developed a good game in the saloons of Dallas. This city was also the site of Holliday's first gunfight from an argument with saloonkeeper "Champaign Charlie" Austin. Neither man was able to hit the other though both fired several shots but Holliday and Austin were arrested and peace was restored. Holliday allegedly did shoot another man dead a few days later and immediately left town, heading west with a posse not far after him.
Holliday went on to become well skilled with a gun and a knife and was involved in three gunfights in a very short span of time, leaving another man dead. In 1876 he was careless enough to kill a soldier from Fort Richardson which then brought the Army, U.S. Marshals, Texas Rangers, and local lawmen and citizens, who were anxious to collect the reward offered for him. In Dodge City, Holliday actually saved Wyatt Earps life and the two became friends. The Earps and the Doc's paths crossed again in other wild west towns and in Tombstone, Arizona, Doc and the Earp brothers faced off with the Clanton family in the "Gunfight at the OK Corral."
The Doc died in a hotel room in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 1887. Wyatt Earp said of the Doc "He was the most skillful gambler, and the nerviest, fastest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever saw."
Val Kilmer play the 'Doc' in the movie Tombstone in 1993.
Dallas Farmers Market
To me, it's just the craziest thing to see a local Farmer's Market just minutes away from downtown. Located on the south side of downtown Dallas, this market reminds of a huge outdoor shopping market. The fruits and vegetables are really cheap, but you really need to get there at a good time (i.e. early; before lunch). Anyway, they also carry an assortment of plants and furntiure shops catered to the Texas lifestyle (i.e. Lone Star emblems, antique designs).
I had trouble trying first to find the cemetery and then the grave. If you are travelling from the south up Webb Chapel Road, you will come to a fork in this busy road. While you are busy working out which way to go, you will actually drive right by the cemetery which is right on the corner. Once inside, this is the next part of the mystery tour. While Dallas will make known Bonnie is buried here, they don’t seem to be at all forward in letting you know exactly where. After walking around reading the flat burial plaques, a nice gentleman in his car stopped and asked me if I was looking for Bonnie… I guess the camera gave me away and directed me straight to the grave. This save walking about 3/4’s of the cemetery. So here I will help you.
When you enter the gates, you will see a large mausoleum straight ahead. If you take the drive that goes to the left of the mausoleum and before you are actually alongside the building, you will see a small Jesus statue all by itself on the left of the drive. Behind the statue is a row of hedges and trees. On the other side of the hedge you will find Bonnie’s grave. So make the statue your stopping point and head for the bushes. :-)
Address: Bonnie Parkers Grave, Crownhill Cemetery and Mausoleum, corner of Lombardy Lane and Webb Chapel Road.
People Watching & Martinis
obar- horrid service and bartenders, but i swear the place is worth seeing for the interior and people watching- located in downtown-underground meets very chic.
nikita- good music, good looking people and good drinks-located in uptown- it's a vodka speciality bar (which is great).
dragonfly- very "dallas" (you'll see what i mean)- located in uptown- the bar/restaurant is in a very hip boutique hotel. dress to impress in all 3 places!