A Crestview Dentist is Bringing a little of the Old West to His Patients.

By: Cristina Pfeffer Email
By: Cristina Pfeffer Email

From the outside it may look like an average dental office.

But inside, Doctor Richard Thomas has transformed part of his office into an Old West exhibit, featuring John Henry "Doc" Holliday.

"The interesting part for us is that we had the opportunity to purchase Doc Holliday's dental chair,” said Dr. Thomas. “Doc Holliday as I mentioned was a very interesting individual who could change professions from an award winning dentist, to a gambler and gunfighter."

Thomas has bought other dental tools of the period to create what he believes Doc Holliday's office would have looked like.

Thomas has a love for the Old West, and hopes this exhibit will contribute to historic Crestview.

Local leaders couldn't agree more.

“I don't think there is too many cities in the area that can have a museum like this, so we are very grateful to Doctor Thomas for the work he has done to bring this to Crestview,” said Mayor of Crestview, David Cadle.

Thomas paid for the exhibit himself.

He hopes Crestview residents will appreciate the effort and his hard work.

"They can look in there and see the office that was created, which is pretty accurate,” said Thomas. “They can maybe appreciate what we do here now and be happy they are not back 126 years ago."

Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia, just south of Atlanta.

He's best known for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and their part in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881.

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