Ghosts of Ireland: Spring Hill

Besides being the name of a treacherously boring town in Central Florida, Spring Hill is the name of a historic home in County Londonderry, Ireland. The house was built in the late 1600’s as a result of a marriage contract between William Conyngham and Ann Upton.  Her father had a clause written into the contract stating that her husband must build her a “convenient dwelling house of lime and stone, two stories high with the necessary office houses, gardens and orchards.” This is historic proof that fathers have for centuries been looking after the best interests of their daughters.

Spring Hill

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Billy Clanton’s Corner

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If you ever go to Tombstone, Arizona one thing you DON’T want to do is speculate aloud over who started the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight. Even though the courts found the Earps and Doc Holliday innocent of murder, there is still a lot of controversy over whether Holliday and Morgan Earp fired the first two shots of the historic gunfight… and whether or not that shooting was justified.

Fly's Lodging House and Photographic Studio

Fly's Lodging House and Photographic Studio beside the O.K. Corral gunfight location in Tombstone, Arizona.

The southeast corner of Fremont Street and 3rd Street is where the O.K. Corral, now a major tourist location, still stands. The original gunfight took place in the empty alley north of the O.K. Corral between Fly’s Lodging House and Photographic Studio and the MacDonald Assay House to the west. At 3 P.M. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881 approximately thirty shots were fired in thirty seconds. Wyatt Earp walked away from the gunfight unscathed. Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp, and Doc Holliday sustained minor wounds. Ike Clanton (whose aptly named descendant, Ike Clanton, still lives in Tombstone) and Billy Claiborne ran through the gunfight uninjured. There were three casualties when the fray was finished—Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury all sustained fatal wounds in the gunfight.

While the justification of the shooting is still heavily debated to this day, one thing is certain—Billy Clanton is not resting in his afterlife. Continue reading