At What Point In Old West Was Gunfighting Forbidden?

That’s not what Wiki says, by a long shot.

What’s your source?

Interesting. But, as has been said - exactly like a mob war of ambush and slaughter never any duel between men of honor following a code.

I recall the WSJ did an article after the movie bombed. they researched the local newspapers and couldn’t find any deaths, except for the three mentioned.

That’s not the most coherent page. I like the one at Wyoming history better.

The best quote from that article says a lot about the reality of guns and death.

But even if we stick with Wiki, there seems to be fewer than a dozen deaths from 1889 to 1893 and that includes any deaths that can be attributed generally to the situation anywhere in Wyoming.

That’s not what I was commenting on at that point. ralph124c was making a general comment about the “Old West”.

That article is focused on the broader issues versus the various shootings, and is not remotely comprehensive regarding the latter.

I don’t know that this is true.

There were only about 250 people buried in Boothill Cemetery over the six years it was open. So that’s fewer than 50 total deaths per year. That’s for a population of at least 10,000.

There’s less to that than meets the eye.

Tombstone was a rapidly growing town and was founded at around the same time as the graveyard, and the population was only at the 10K level for brief part of the time, and would have averaged a lot less. Furthermore, it was a very young and probably healthy population of miners and cowboys. It’s not like a lot of these deaths were old guys dying from cancer.

In addition, your cite refers to “Some two hundred fifty known people” (emphasis added) buried there.

The cite also says that “The name Boot Hill comes from the fact that many of these graves were filled with people that died suddenly or violently with their boots on!

In sum, that cite is consistent with the notion that Tombstone was a pretty violent place back in those days.

The population was actually substantially more than 10,000. The number doesn’t include the Chinese and Mexican laborers in the town. And there are certainly no more than 300 bodies in the cemetery based on other sources.

Anyway, I think your comment about cancer kind of misses the point: the young and healthy die too, especially miners. The mortality rate for the US as a whole today is just over 8 per 1000 per year. In other words, you would expect a town with a population the size of Tombstone’s to lose 80 people a year. That’s with modern medicine and nutrition and airbags and water treatment and so on.

If there’s some reason to believe that everyone who died during those six years was buried in that spot then those numbers are more meaningful than if people had a tendency to bury people elsehweres

Other than the Chinese, everyone was buried in Boothill while it was open.

This is a specious point.

Of course “the young and healthy die too”, but at rates that are a fraction of those of older people and the population as a whole. To put some illustrative numbers on it, look at this cite from US Census data from 1995. The number for all ages is 880 per 100K, which is close to the figure you give. But the number for the 25-44 age group is 192 per 100K, while the number for 65 and over is 5,053 per 100K.

And again, the people in Tombstone were undoubtedly healthier than the average 25-44, being concentrated in mining and cattle ranching which are demanding fields.

I’m not claiming that everyone who died in Tombstone was shot, of course, and there would have been some people who died in mining or other accidents, or infections and so on. But based on the numbers that you’ve shown, and the average population and demographic of that town, the evidence is that a lot more people were dying than would be expected for that population, which is consistent with the notion that there was quite a lot of violence going on.

From the Johnson Wiki page, I count 3 lynchings, 2 “disappeared”, 1 poisoned, and about 15 assorted “gunned down”, “shot”, or “assassinated” in some way connected to the troubles that started with the initial 2 lynchings.

It was surprisingly common, even in that era, for bodies to be embalmed and shipped back to the family. So where you die and where you were buried are not always the same.

Which seems pretty considerable for a county that had only 2357 inhabitants according to the 1890 census.