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Denison celebrates history at Doc Holliday festival

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Doc Holliday is a part of early Denison history. (KTEN) Doc Holliday is a part of early Denison history. (KTEN)
Teeth found in a downtown Denison loft could be a link to Doc Holliday. (KTEN) Teeth found in a downtown Denison loft could be a link to Doc Holliday. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison is gearing up to turn back the clock this weekend to celebrate the city's history and historical figures at the 4th annual Doc Holliday Saints & Sinners Festival.

Known as an American gambler and gunfighter, Doc Holliday can be tracked to Denison sometime in the late 1800s.

"Some people have found old dentistry tools; others have just uncovered 'No Gambling' signs. Stuff like that we know were probably here back in the day," said local historian Brian Hander.

It's now believed those items might be linked to Holliday himself.

"They did say in some of the biographical sketches that this was the last place he ever practiced dentistry," Hander said.

Some human teeth were found in the upstairs loft of a downtown business, and it may be yet another tangible item that links Doc Holliday to downtown Denison."

"We were just working on getting the plumbing and the electricity and everything ready for the lofts, so it was exciting to discover something like that," said Wendy Acosta, who found the teeth and wanted to learn more about them.

"I did take them to my dentist, Dr. Hill, and he looked at them and he said they were actually human teeth, and some of them actually had gold fillings," Acosta said.

Hill was able to confirm that the teeth date back to the Doc Holliday era, but he couldn't determine if they came from any of his patients.

"Who would have know how the public would react to it, but it's been extremely popular," said Donna Dow of Denison Main Street.

Those teeth can be seen at Saturday's Doc Holliday Saints & Sinners Festival in downtown Denison from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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