Did you know that Wyatt Earp’s first gunfight might have taken place in Beardstown? That’s right, Wyatt Earp of the famous “Gunfight at the OK Corral” shot a man in Beardstown, Illinois. The non-fatal incident took place in the summer of 1869.
The following link will take you to an article which mentions the shooting affair, as well as other interesting and tawdry details of Earp’s early life. Adding credibility to the story, some of the people mentioned are listed in the 1870 Beardstown federal census. Wyatt Earp’s Lost Year