The Earp family settled on a rented farm near the banks of the Santa Ana River in Colton, California in the late 1860's. Morgan Earp was born April 24, 1851 in Pella, Iowa. The youngest of the "Fighting Earp's," he didn't travel as much as his older brothers. He met Louisa Houston, reputed daughter of Sam Houston and a Cherokee woman, in Dodge City, Kansas in 1875. They lived in Butte, Montana until 1879. Morgan arrived in Tombstone, Arizona Territory in January 1880, having left Louisa behind.
When Morgan arrived in Tombstone, he worked as a shotgun messenger for Wells Fargo. His brother Virgil was City Marshal and his brother Wyatt was a Faro dealer working in his other brother James' saloon. On October 26, 1881, James' three brothers Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil, along with John H. "Doc" Holliday, a dentist and gambler, had a shootout near the OK Corral with the "Cowboy Gang," which consisted of Tom and Frank Laury, Ike and Billy Clanton and Billy Clairborne. Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank Laury were killed. Virgil, Morgan and Doc were wounded.
Morgan was shot in the shoulder during the gun fight. Virgil was wounded in the calf. Doc had a piercing wound to his side. Of the three brothers, only Wyatt walked away from the fight unscathed. The Clanton's took their revenge in Tombstone a few months later, blowing away a portion of Virgil Earp's arm while he was on one of his nightly security rounds.
On March 18, 1882, Morgan was killed while playing Billiards at Campbell and Hatch's Saloon. He was only 30. A shot from the darkness shattered his spine. Although Wyatt witnessed the shooting, the assassin escaped unidentified. The Earp family left Tombstone following the year after Morgan's murder.
Morgan's body was returned to Colton, California by train where it was interred in Slover Mountain Cemetery. In 1887, his remains were moved to Hermosa Gardens Cemetery when mining operations on Slover Mountain encroached on the cemetery. (Slover Mountain is just southeast of Hermosa Gardens and has a large American flag atop what is left of it.)
James went to Shone County, Idaho with Wyatt around February 1, 1884, then to Eagle City for mining and opened the White Elephant Saloon. After September, 1884, they were gone, eventually ending up in San Bernardino, California where James drove a "Hack." He then opened the Club Exchange Saloon in San Bernardino, which was located on Court Street near the present-day Bank of America.
There are more Earp family members buried in Hermosa Gardens Cemetery, also
in Pioneer Cemetery and in Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino.
Hermosa Gardens Cemetery is an active operating cemetery still serving families