Bayou Bound and traipsing through Texas Hill Country, 2008 travel blog

Stage coach

The Allen home

Tombstone courthouse

Costumed characters

Waiting for passengers

These walls could tell some stories

Bird Cage Theatre

Before the gunfight

On the boardwalk

An interesting locale in late 1800s

Silver Nugget hotel


From Tucson we continued to Benson where we turned off onto the side road to Tombstone.

We spent the day on the old dusty boardwalks and dirt streets, cooling our heels in the shadows of the historic buildings, and soaking up the atmosphere of the old west. History is reenacted several times a day in the streets, livened up by the costumed characters who ply the streets.

HISTORY

In 1877 prospector Ed Schieffelin was working the hills when he came across a vein of very rich silver ore. He filed his mining claim naming it "The Tombstone" when told he would never live to profit from his claim. Although he couldn't recall the location of his mine, Tombstone, erupted into a boom town while Arizona was Apache Land. Geronimo, Victorio, and Nachez led their fierce warriors in raids the length and width of Southern Arizona and few white men who penetrated this barren, merciless land returned to tell of it.

Tombstone would have gone the way of the dozens of ghost towns in the area except for one incident. On October 26, 1881, 25 gunshots, in 30 seconds, were fired at the OK Corral, changing the West and American history forever and placing Tombstone in history books.

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