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* The Town Too Tough To Die *

    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.

    Tour Tombstone Arizona Historic District 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."

    Gunfight at OK Corral
    26-Oct-1881 : 30 Gunshots in 30 Seconds

    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.

    Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
    P.O. Pox 216, Tombstone, AZ 85638;
    520-457-3311; Park Website;

    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 Wild West Shows

    Tombstone Repertory Company - live theatre shows at Scheiffelin Hall.
    Old West Tombstone Gunfighters - live shows daily at Noon, 1:30PM and 3:30PM.
    Singing Cowboy - Jimmy Apel - actor, songwriter and guitarist, is known as the Singing Cowboy of Tombstone. He performs Country, Country Gospel, and Light Comedy music styles for events, shows, weddings and private parties.
    Tombstone Vigilantes - large volunteer organization presentation begins at 11:45AM on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of the month (FREE).

    Tombstone Museums & Attractions

    Andrea's Museum of Victorian Fashion - over 300 items of authentic Victorian and Edwardian clothing; dating from the 1840s onwards.
    Boothill Graveyard - Visit Tombstone's final resting place for the good, bad and evil of the 1880's.
    Bird Cage Theature Museum - one of the wildest and meanest places in the west, over 120 bullet holes mark the walls.
    OK Corral and Historama - Daily Gunfight Re-enactment at 2PM - Life-size figures of the 1881 gun battle, photo Studio and Gallery. Historama is a dramatic multimedia exhibit.
    Fairbank Ghosttown - located close to Tombstone.
    Rose Tree Museum - Home of the world's largest rose tree. The Museum has many relics from the pioneers of Tombstone in the 1880s.
    Tombstone Epitaph Museum - 125 year old printing press
    Tombstone Western Heritage Museum - A huge collection of rare guns, photos, documents & bikes showing everyday life of Tombstone's history.
    Lozen Gallery - a unique collection of Native American artifacts and artwork.
    Tombstone Art Gallery - changing exhibits
    Wyatt Earp House & Gallery - an eclectic collection of Western and Southwestern art

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    Tombstone Festivals

    Tombstone Rose Parade - April - tribute to largest rose tree in world
    Wyatt Earp Days - Memorial Day Weekend
    Buffalo Soldiers - 2nd Weekend in June
    Vigilante Days - 2nd Weekend in August
    Helldorado - 3rd Weekend in October
    Tombstone Western Music Festival - 1st Weekend in Nov -

    Tombstone Restaurants

    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.

    Apache Spirit Guest Ranch
    Arizona Western Resort

    895 West Monument Road / P.O. Box 1272, Tombstone AZ 85638;
    520-457-7299; Ranch Website

    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.

    Tombstone History Tour
    VIP Tour to Tombstone and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix

    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.

    Tour Kartchner Caverns

    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.

Gunfight at OK Corral

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Tombstone Holiday Inn
Tombstone Holiday Inn Express
Lodging athe Holiday Inn is just the start of an Old West adventure. Close to Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca, Bisbee and Benson. For a family reunion or meeting, our breakfast area is available and seats up to 60 guests. After a day filled with the legends of the Old West, retreat to a welcoming hotel with modern amenities and the iconic Southwestern decor of Tombstone, AZ.

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