Witness the Gunfight at the OK Corral
And See the Boot Hill Cemetery
If you are looking for a fun side trip to take during a trip through Southern Arizona, you may want to stop by delightful Tombstone, Arizona. Of course, this historic small western town was not always so charming and fun. At one time, it was considered a lawless settlement. At least, that was true until the Earp Brothers became the town lawmen and began a campaign to rid the town of the worst of its outlaw gang known as the Cowboys. All this tension culminated in the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral during which Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan Earp killed the outlaw Cowboys, Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury in March, 1881. Today, tourists can wander the streets of Tombstone, buy souvenirs in the gift shops, have a drink in a saloon, and experience what life was like in the early days of this historic town.Credit: Wikimedia.com/Commons
Boot Hill Cemetery
After they were killed during the Shootout at the OK Corral, the McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton were buried in the Boot Hill cemetery. Boot Hill is one of the most famous pioneer cemeteries in the Old West, and is now a popular tourist attraction. Of the 300 graves there, one of the most famous belongs to a man named Lester Moore. The epitaph on his tombstone says: "Here Lies Lester Moore, Four Slugs from a 44, No Les No More." The tombstones reveal other clever epitaphs, as well. Early pioneers were creative poets, at least when their friends died!
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Watch Actors Reenact the Gunfight at the OK CorralCredit: Wikimedia.com/Commons
One of the more popular events you can see in Tombstone is the reenactment of the famous Gunfight. You can watch it virtually every day of the year at 2:00 p.m. on historic Allen Street in Tombstone. What better way to understand the events that happened, than to watch it replayed before your eyes!
Tombstone Historical ToursCredit: Wikimedia.com/Commons
There are several different companies that offer tours of Tombstone by stagecoach, wagon or similar horse drawn vehicles. Listen as your guide tells you more about the interesting history of the town, and get a feel for what transportation was like in those days. In addition, you can take a Tombstone Walking Tour lead by Dr. Jay or a Tombstone Trolley Tour. In fact, the trolley company also offers their Tombstone Trolley Ghost and Murder Tours on weekend evenings. There is also a Friends of the Dead Spirit Tour on Sunday through Thursday nights, starting at 10:00 p.m. Perhaps the town really is still haunted. We'll let you decide for yourself.
This community would not be complete without some fascinating museums. You can see the Bird Cage Theatre, where the outlaw Cowboys used to be entertained. In addition, you can enjoy strolling through the Pioneer Home Museum, the Rose Tree Inn Museum and the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Museum.
Other Tombstone Attractions
There are also restaurants, hotels, saloons, souvenir shops and similar modern amenities and attractions in and around the Tombstone, Arizona area. One of our daughters said after her visit that some parts of Tombstone reminded her of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland. That thought would probably cause the Earp Brothers and the outlaw Cowboys to roll over in their graves. Wait a minute ... perhaps that's the reason for the ghost tours!
If you are considering a trip to Tombstone, you can find current prices, phone numbers and similar information at their official website: tombstoneweb.com.
Tombstone is located West of Tucson and South of the town of Benson, on Arizona Highway 80. Although it once seemed to be "in the middle of nowhere," this town is now easy to find and explore during a cross-country trip through Arizona. It is entertaining and fun for the whole family.
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