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Doc Holliday and the Powder Puff Poker Players – Part 2


January 27, 2019

In December of 1878, Doc Holliday and “Big Nose” Kate Elder managed to complete their winter trip over Raton Pass in northern New Mexico, and headed further south to the luxurious quarters of the St. James Hotel in Cimarron. The St. James Hotel had been built by Henry Lambert, who once had been the personal chef of President Abraham Lincoln.

The hotel was situated near the end of the Santa Fe Trail between Raton and Las Vegas, New Mexico. The hotel’s location offered fine 19th century accommodations to travelers of both the “Mountain Route” and the “Cimarron Cutoff” branches o...

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