Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but just to be sadistic and challenge you, we’re going to give you a little time to guess what we’re referring to first. And don’t you dare go cheating by googling the address. That’s not fair!!!
… the bungalow where one-time frontiersman, prospector, saloon-keeper, gambler and famous lawman Wyatt Earp, principal survivor of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, spent the last days of his life with his common-law wife Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp (“Sadie”). Earp died on the property on January 13, 1929 at the surprisingly ripe old age of 80. The photo at right is said to have been taken on the property shortly before his death.
As documented by the West Adams Historical Association:
“Josephine described the next part of their lives, from 1901 to Wyatt’s death in 1929, as “our happiest years together”… She said of those days, “We would wander over the deserts of Nevada, Arizona and California with a camping outfit during the pleasant fall, winter and spring months…
“They generally spent the hot summer months in Los Angeles, where they rented various small houses, the last of which was the house at 4004 W. 17th Street in West Adams.
“In the early 1920s Wyatt tried to get the silent film industry to take up his story. He became friends with early Western stars William S. Hart and Tom Mix, and in several letters suggested that Hart use Wyatt’s biography as the basis of a film…
“Wyatt Earp died at the house on 17th Street on January 13, 1929. William S. Hart served as a pallbearer and Western actor Tom Mix attended, as did many of the old timers from Tombstone, the Klondike, and the Nevada and Whipple Mountain mining camps. A lengthy obituary in the Los Angeles Times said in part, “it was like a reunion of the sturdy men and women who knew Wyatt as a wiry, six-foot, two-gun officer of the law in mining town, cow camp and almost anywhere along the frontier where trouble was apt to pop loose.”…
“Josephine arranged to have Wyatt buried in the Hills of Eternity Jewish cemetery in Colma, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the time of her death in 1944 she was living at 1812 W. 48th Street in South Los Angeles.