John Henry “Doc” Holliday, the gambler, gunfighter and dentist, died in Glenwood Springs in 1887 and reportedly was buried there, though some researchers have questioned the claim. A sign at the Linwood Cemetery says that Holliday was buried there but the precise location of the grave is unknown.
The cemetery, which also has the grave of gunfighter “Kid” Curry from Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, is reached by a hike up a steep, 1/2-mile dirt road and offers views of Glenwood Springs. The cemetery is just two blocks east of Colorado 82, the road that leads south to Aspen.
Holliday arrived in Glenwood from Leadville in 1887 in search of relief from the tuberculosis that he had suffered from since his childhood. He also was battling a dependence on alcohol and the narcotic laudanum.
He checked into the three-year-old Hotel Glenwood in hopes that the hot springs would improve his health. Glenwood Springs was a haven for people suffering from respiratory illnesses and later built a sanitorium.
He died that November at the age of 36 in his room at the hotel and reportedly was buried at the Linwood Cemetery, though some researchers have questioned whether he was buried there. The hotel serves as the home of a mountaineering store today but bears signs at the bottom of the entry doors stating that “Doc Holliday died here.”
Holliday, was born John Henry Holliday in Griffin, Ga., in 1851 and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1872. He opened an office in Atlanta but discovered that he had tuberculosis, possibly from an infected patient or Holliday’s mother.
Holliday headed West for a drier climate and arrived in Tombstone, Ariz., in 1880. He took part in the famed “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” with his friend Wyatt Earp in 1881, then left for Colorado.
The city’s Frontier Historical Society holds a Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery every October, with tour guides leading participants through the graveyard by lantern light and costumed actors portraying Glenwood pioneers who are buried in the cemetery.
“Doc” Holliday gravesite
Linwood Cemetery (also called Pioneer Cemetery)
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601