Arizona, Tombstone Guide (B): Tour of Tombstone

Tour of Tombstone
Today was mostly a travel and blog day. Petey and I left Las Cruces and headed toward Tucson to stay with my Aunt Diane and Uncle Mike for a few days. On the way, we were greeted by signs such as “Caution, Dust Storms May Exist” and “Zero Visibility Possible”. I was thankful for a sunny day (and so was Zoe). She ran along this part of the highway a few days ago!

Before we reached Tucson, per my step-dad’s recommendation we took one detour to Tombstone toward the Mexico border. The best way to describe Tombstone’s history is to copy it straight from the City’s website:

Tombstone Courthouse

“The Town too Tough to Die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona’s old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin (SHEF·e·lin) came to Camp Huachuca (hwah·CHEW·kuh) with a party of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, his comrades told him that he’d find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim the Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.

Days of lawlessness and violence, which nearly had then-President Chester A. Arthur declaring martial law in Tombstone and sending in military troops to restore order, climaxed with the infamous Earp-Clanton battle, fought near the rear entrance of the O.K. Corral on October 26, 1881. Over the course of 7 years the mines produced millions of dollars in silver and gold before rising underground waters forced ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Tour of Tombstone
Guide Location: USA » Tombstone
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Tombstone Courthouse   O.K. Corral   Schieffelin Hall   Birdcage Theatre   Tombstone Epitaph  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
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