The book later inspired a number of stories movies and television programs about outlaws and lawmen in Dodge City and Tombstone including the 1955 television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Other work by Boyer subsequently were questioned. Only 13 years old Wyatt was too young to enlist but he tried on several occasions to run away and join the army.
In 1876 he followed his brother James to Dodge City Kansas where he became an assistant marshal. The Earps bought an interest in the Vizina mine and some water rights. Unlike his brothers and his ally Doc Holliday who participated in several gun battles with him Wyatt was never wounded by gunfire.