Back to the late 1800s

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, January 20, 2013

We spent the day in Tombstone,about 40 km away from our campground. To get to Tombstone we drove through an area of largetrees and shrubs. I thought we had driven out of the desert but I found out later that the area has artesian wells, a rarity here. So it was sort of like being in an oasis.

So anyway, we arrived in Tombstone. Walking down the main street it felt like being on the set of Gunsmoke, complete with wooden sidewalks and hitching posts. I didn’t know much about the history of the town and its gunslingers but by the time we left I did. Greg and I toured the town in a stagecoach and then we watched two plays that re-enacted gunfights in the town. We also watched a film narrated by Vincent Price about the founding and development of the town. The town’s motto is ‘The Town Too Tough To Die’ because it survived three fires and an earthquake. Most of the buildings on the main street are original, dating back to the late 1800s.
The town was originally a silver mining town and attracted some unsavoury characters. It’s probably best known for the gunfight at the OK Corral involving Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holliday against the Clanton and McLaury brothers. Historians are still divided as to whether the Earps and Holliday were heroes or murderers. On the way out of town we visited the graves
of the McLaury’s and Billy Clanton at Boothill, now a national historic site. 

 We arrived back at our campground just in time for a hot dog and s’mores campfire. Our campground is on a bit of a rise so we were able to watch a spectacular sunset over the desert valley. Beautiful.


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Mom on

Just amazing! Do people live in Tombstone or is it just a tourist attraction?


greg-and-karen on

This is a very busy town, lots of people live there

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