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Artist: Thom Ross, Title: Wyatt Earp eating Ice Cream - click for larger image
Wyatt Earp eating Ice Cream
58 x 37 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas   Sold
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"Wyatt Earp Eating an Ice Cream Cone" In 1881 Tombstone, Arizona, was a sophisticated town, as far as rugged mining camps went. Probably the largest town between St. Louis and San Francisco, with a population approaching 10,000 souls, one could eat oysters on the half shell, and wash them down with the finest French champagne. There was also an ice cream parlor that Wyatt Earp frequented. (This may seem contradictory to the western myth, but Earp didn't even drink; he preferred coffee.) The first mention of ice cream cones (or a waffle type of pastry into which ice cream could be placed,) first appeared in a 1825 french cookbook. Variations on this pastry appeared in various cook books in other countries. The ice cream cone craze hit America in the 1904 St Louis Exhibition. So the question is, could Wyatt Earp have actually eaten ice cream out of a cone? I have consulted with many Tombstone/Earp experts and none of us can arrive at a definite answer. We just don't know if this ice cream parlor in Tombstone ever carried cones; the usual way to eat ice cream was out of a small dish. Yet Wyatt Earp lived until January, 1929, so it is more than likely that somewhere long the way he did, indeed, eat ice cream from a cone.
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