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In the summer of 1877 prospector Ed Schieffelin was working the hills east of the San Pedro River in the southeast portion of the Arizona Territory, when he came across a vein of very rich silver ore in a high plateau called Goose Flats. When Schieffelin filed his mining claim he named it "The Tombstone", after a warning given him by a passing soldier. By 1882, Tombstone had become a booming mining town with a population close to 10,000.
Over $37 million of Silver Ore was mined here locally before water seeped in and flooded the mines by 1886, ending its economic prosperity.
The Tombstone Historic District is a National Historic Landmark District. The town's focus on tourism has threatened the town's designation as a National Historic Landmark District, a designation it earned in 1961 as "one of the best preserved specimens of the rugged frontier town of the 1870s and '80s."
Tombstone gained much noteriety for lawlessness and constant conflicts between northern capitalists and southern cowboys. This climaxed with the famous 1881 gunfight at OK Corral. About 30 shots were fired in 30 seconds. Although only three men were killed during the gunfight, it is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West.
The Cochise County Courthouse was built in 1882 when Tombstone was the third largest city in Arizona and seat of the newly formed Cochise County. It was abandoned in 1929 when all county offices were moved to Bisbee. Today is has been converted into a museum and history park.
Tombstone Repertory Company - live theatre shows at Scheiffelin Hall.
Andrea's Museum of Victorian Fashion - over 300 items of authentic Victorian and Edwardian clothing; dating from the 1840s onwards.
Tombstone Rose Parade - April - tribute to largest rose tree in world
The Longhorn Restaurant - the oldest continually operated restaurant in Tombstone located inside its historic building.
Big Nose Kate's Saloon - Bar & Saloon located in the historic Grand Hotel figured prominently in the OK Corral Gunfight.
Breathtaking views, 272 acres of unspoiled land and a guest ranch designed like an Old Western town, this is the Apache Spirit Ranch. Located 2 miles Northwest of Tombstone in the Arizona desert, this ranch was built on historic Apache land. Stay where cowboys and Indians used to fight, feel the spirit of the Apaches, breathe the air of the Wild West.
Relive the legends of the Wild West with an expert and courteous guide. Visit the OK Corral, Birdcage Theatre and Big Nose Kate's Saloon. Catch live history shows. Also visit Mission San Xavier de Bac on your return trip to Phoenix.
The crown jewel of the Arizona State Park system is located closeby to Tombstone. The primary feature is 2-1/2 mile long living cave located just underneath the Chihuahuan Desert.
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RIP: Here lies Lester Moore,
Four slugs from a .44, No Les, No More.
- Tombstone Epitaph @ Boothill.
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