June 15, 2022
The debate continues and the question remains the same: did Big Nose Kate have a big nose?
Daily Whip Out: "The Big Honker?"
If you are just joining us, Doc Holliday's biographer, Gary Roberts, told us he has been unable to find any earlier references to "Big Nose Kate" than from Wyatt Earp's mention of her in 1896 in a newspaper article. This morning I got this tidbit from researcher Janice Dunnahoo in New Mexico:
The Cheyenne Daily Leader
February 2, 1890
This would seem to indicate that the moniker "Big Nose Kate" enjoyed a wider usage than just our Kate in Tombstone? Here is how Gary Roberts responded to this new item:
"This is the way that we refine our knowledge of the past. This item suggests that Big Nose Kate was a common cognomen for ladies of the evening. It doesn't make a direct connection to Kate Elder. Governor Warren (of Wyoming) is credited with the reference, although the details are limited. It would be interesting to see if any other Wyoming paper referenced the address or gave a more detailed account of what he actually said. It is also possible that other references are out there which would confirm a connection to our Kate. She denied that Doc was ever in Cheyenne, and by implication that she wasn't either. I think it probable that Doc did make his way to Cheyenne and Deadwood in 1876 sans Kate, who was still with Tom Sherman in Texas that year.. But I am happy to have this item from Ms. Dunnahoo. Every clue is valuable."
—Gary L. Roberts
"The more things change, the more they remain the same."
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