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The streets of Tombstone

The streets of Tombstone

The OK Corral

Tombstone Stagecoach

Tombstone in Boothill Graveyard

Tombstone in Boothill Graveyard


"The town too tough to die" was made famous by the "Gunfight at the OK Corral." Do you know who the famous lawmen, gunslingers and outlaws that were in the gun battle? Wyatt Earp, his 2 brothers, Doc Holliday and the gang of outlaws called the Clantons were involved in the famous gun fight and three of them were killed on that October day in 1881. Tombstone was a lawless place back in those days as many people heard about a huge mining strike and flocked to the southern Arizona desert area. At the time of the gunfight, the Sheriff had declared "Marshall Law" and had called in the cavalry. Do you know what was mined in Tombstone? Silver was the mineral that helped many people strike it rich but some also discovered gold. During the towns peak, it had over 100 saloons. The Bird Cage, the town's infamous theater, gambling casino and dance hall was the site of over 16 gunfights. 140 bullet holes riddle the walls of the old building. It also houses an original Boothill hearse called the Black Moriah which is trimmed in 24k gold and sterling silver. It is one of the remaining original buildings from over 100 years ago as most of the town burned in a fire in the 1880's while the Mayor was on a trip searching to purchase fire equipment for the town! The courthouse houses many historical facts about the town and was the site of 7 hangings in this lawless and violent old west town. We also toured the Boothill Graveyard where many of the famous outlaws were buried. Sadly Tombstone has become a tourist trap and all the old buildings that were rebuilt after the fire now house trinkets and souvenirs.



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