Doc Holliday Preview

So excited to annouce our complete lineup for Doc Holliday Previews. Tuesdays in January at the Denison Public Library, 300 W. Gandy. (Individual events created on

January 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Tombstone (movie)
January 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. "Captivity Narrative of Olive Ann Oatman" by Dr. Randi Tanglen
January 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. "The White Elephant Saloon and Jim McIntire" by Jim Mathis
January 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. "Justin Raynal" by Brian Hander
January 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. "Texas Cattle Drive and its Impact on the Doc Holliday Era" by Doug Harman


In the first of 5 weekly Doc Holliday Previews (Tuesdays in January 2018), we will watch Tombstone to kick things off. Join us for this free movie! 


Local historian Jim Mathis will tell about the White Elephant Saloon and Jim McIntire, a member of the Deadly Dozen Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West. McIntire “hid out” for several months in early 1885 at the White Elephant Saloon at 301 W Main St. while being hunted for murder by New Mexico law officers.

McIntire had friends in Denison and was acquainted with Pat Garrett, “Billy the Kid”, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday- among many others. He also was a cowboy-gunfighter employed by the Loving Ranch of the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Trail fame (think Lonesome Dove).


Dr. Randi Tanglen will provide a narrative on the captivity of Olive Ann Oatman. Oatman was captured by Indians and remembered for the tattoos on her chin. She later moved to Sherman and is buried in West Hill Cemetery. 

Randi Tanglen received her B.A. in English Education from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in 1998 and her M.A. in English from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana in 2000. She completed her Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona in 2008 and wrote her dissertation on nineteenth-century American women writers. She joined the faculty at Austin College in 2008. Randi would like to thank the Erwin Smith Foundation for supporting her research and presentations on Indian captivity narratives.


Justin Raynal, a native of France, came to Denison in the early 1870's. He owned a saloon at the corner of Main and Austin and was an early day champion for Denison's first public school. Learn more about Justin Raynal from local historian Brian Hander.


Douglas Harman is a recipient of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Harman, Consultant and Retired Executive Director of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, With a travel & tourism career spanning more than 25 years, he is a consultant, writer, and public speaker specializing in heritage tourism.

Harman is an avid supporter of the preservation of Texas history through such efforts as the Chisholm Trail Region, The Texas Civil War Museum, the Texas Heritage Trails Program, Log Cabin Heritage Foundation, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and many more. He has written more than 60 published articles appearing in professional journals as well as developed a number of museum exhibits on Texas, Fort Worth and Western heritage topics.