At the end of Back To The Future Part III we see that the ravine has been named "Eastwood Ravine". Given that in the original and some subsequent timelines, the ravine was named after someone (Clara) who fell into it, it's reasonable to assume that the same is true in this timeline, and that "Eastwood" refers to Marty's 1885 alias of Clint Eastwood, rather than some other random Mr. Eastwood. But for this to happen, the Doc would have had to admit to the townsfolk that "Clint" was on the stolen locomotive, and given the train driver's testimony that two men held them up, it would be pretty obvious that he (Doc) was the other bandit.

So, did he confess that he was responsible for stealing the locomotive, and was he punished for it?

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    The train conductors had no idea who robbed them... Doc and Marty had the bandannas covering their faces :-P
    – Skooba
    May 24, 2018 at 13:58

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I don't think so. I propose there are a couple of other ways that Eastwood Gulch could have earned its name than what you have outlined above.

Option 1. Remember Marty (aka Eastwood) had disappeared right after the train was stolen. That alone might have been enough to convince the town that he was the one responsible despite his earlier 'hero' status in defeating Buford "Mad Dog" Tanner. In fact, that could have played against him if people thought he was 'eliminating potential competition in robbing the train.' After all Buford and his gang had already robbed the stagecoach. A train might be the next target.

Doc Brown would have also had Clara as a complicit partner for an alibi. A respected teacher, Clara could have sworn up and down that Doc was not anywhere near the train at the time it was stolen. Thus, Eastwood would be blamed and Doc would be off the hook.

Option 2. Another alternative might be that Doc and Clara claimed that Marty acting as Eastwood actually tried to stop the theft of the train. He was successful in driving off the hijackers but unfortunately having been shot and died in the attempt. Having seen Eastwood fight off one gang might lead townspeople to believe he was heroic enough to fight another gang. Dying a tragic hero would be cause for naming the Gulch in honor of his sacrifice. One potential flaw to this option would be the lack of a body. Though, perhaps Doc and Clara could claim they buried Eastwood somewhere in private to respect his 'dying wish' to not be thought of as a hero just for 'doing the right thing.'

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