This is the infamous Vacant Lot, originally situated between Fly’s Gallery and Photographic Studio (small building still standing to the right with triangle roof) and a smaller building belonging to W.H. Harwood (which at the time of this photo was no longer standing.) A fire ravaged the town a year after the gunfight, but the structures aforementioned, originally remained intact. Sometime later, W.H. Harwood’s small house was ironically dismantled for firewood. Photo taken in 1931


5 responses

  1. I don’t get the orientation of this photo. Are we in the alley looking toward Fremont St. Which building is the Harwood building? TLC

    April 24, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    • Photo was taken from the rear of the vacant lot, looking toward Fremont Street. Hardwood’s small house would be on the left, but is no longer standing. The small building to the right is what remains of Fly’s Photographic Studio.

      April 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      • Stephen Pollington

        Thank you for posting this picture. This is a view looking down the back entryway of the ok corral toward fremont. To the right you have the smaller a framed roof building which is the papago cash building store and attached to the store on the right is the larger city hall building. Just to the left of the entryway is likely Bauer’s butcher shop aka Bauer’s union market. These particular buildings still stand and can be seen at street view level on google maps (link below). I am currently researching this historic site and I am also the great great grandson of Apollinar Bauer.


        March 3, 2015 at 2:59 AM

  2. Richard Osborn

    I am the Great Grandson of Judge John H. Lucas. I am researching the OK Corral gunfight and all this information on your site is very interesting.

    January 31, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    • Thank you. A lot of research went into this, building up to the publication of the book; and I tried to put as much of it as possible on the site. There was also a screenplay written simultaneously to the book, submitted to several production companies. And more than one of them flirted with making the movie. But in the end, everyone I spoke with in Hollywood just considered the project far too expensive for a western.

      February 6, 2017 at 9:59 PM

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