......well that would be Tombstone, AZ, of course.
We visited Tombstone on Tuesday and Wednesday and learned a lot about western history, and had a great time to boot! For those not familiar with Tombstone, probably the most famous (or infamous) event occurred here on October 26, 1881. That was the gunfight at the OK Corral.
factual history about Tombstone. The town was founded in 1877 by Ed Schieffelin, a prospector who found a rich vein of silver. Because the Arizona Territory was such a harsh environment at that time, soldiers at nearby Camp Huachuca (later became Ft. Huachuca) told Schieffelin that the only thing he would find in this area was his own tombstone. The name stuck with Schieffelin and the town became known as Tombstone.
In 1879 a town site was laid out in the area previously known as Goose Flats. With word of the silver strike, people flocked to the region. By the mid-1880's the population had grown to around 7500 people. (Keep in mind that only white males over the age of 21 were counted in the census of the day.) Total population estimates range from 15,000 to 20,000 persons. At one time, Tombstone was the fastest growing town between St. Louis and San Francisco. That fact alone was a shocker to us.
Dr. Jay's Tombstone Walking Tours. We took the 2-hour tour and he was excellent. This is the "slow" time in Tombstone (before all of the snowbirds start to arrive for the winter) and we were the only two taking the tour on Tuesday afternoon.
Of course, a trip to Tombstone wouldn't be complete without learning about the shootout at the OK Corral. Let me just say that Hollywood movies have greatly distorted the factual account of the shootout. The shootout took place in the alley off of Fremont Street leading into the area of the OK Corral. It was a gunfight between Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil Earp and Doc Holliday against Billy and Ike Clanton and Frank and Tom McLaury. The fight lasted 30 seconds and between 25-30 bullets were fired. In the end, Billy Clanton and Frank and Tom McLaury lie dead in the street. Morgan and Virgil Earp were wounded and Doc Holliday received a minor injury. Only Wyatt Earp was uninjured.
Some of the headstones are amusing, some sad. Many graves are only marked as "unknown".
The visit to Tombstone was very enjoyable. Let me warn in advance that the "touristy" attractions can become expensive. We did a few things, but left several others for another visit. For those interested, here are the current ticket prices as of this blog writing. (Each ticket price is listed as per person.) Listed in order of best value for the money. (MY OPINION ONLY HERE.)
Dr. Jay's Tombstone Walking Tour (2 hour) $25
Cochise County Court House Museum $5
OK Corral/Historama Combination Ticket $10
Combination Trolley Tour and Helldorado Town $10
Trolley Tour $7
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!