Monday, November 7, 2016

Tombstone, Arizona – Stepping back into the wild west!


Sunday, Nov. 6 we took the 20-mile drive into this 1880’s frontier town.

Founded by prospector, Ed Schieffelin, in 1877 when rumors of a rich strike spread and the boom town spread around the mine. Ed was scouting at Camp Huachuca and would venture out into the wilderness looking for rocks. An army scout friend scoffed at Ed and said “the only rock you will find out there will be your own tombstone”. Ed did find his stone and it was silver but he remembered the warning and named his stake “Tombstone”.
Very accomodating free parking for all sizes
I loved this walk back into history, it was actually more of a saunter and all I needed was the beautiful dress and a parasol to fit right into the times. 

I’m going to post pictures of things I enjoyed, including the costumes, and the rest is ………………………………. history.

It is a bustling town, full of tourists, with many shops to wander through. You could spend a fortune here on authentic handmade articles if you wished to.
O.K. Cafe for lunch
Yummy loaded blts, potato salad and Sarsaparilla for me
with a 10% discount from our gunfight ticket
We witnessed 3 re-enactments of real live gunfights inside The Gunfight Palace and thoroughly enjoyed the stories and actors. 


Getting a professional 'glare' from the bartender

Posiing with the actors, obviously I DON'T know how to hold
a pistol!

Bill uses a 6-shooter and has very good aim!

Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday

Told Bill he could take the picture and he'd take his wife!

Bird Cage Theatre

Wild west family
We also stomped our feet on the grounds of the OK Corral where the famous Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday shot it out with the Clanton and McLaury gang. 
A little history of Wyatt Earps gunfight



Of course, we picked up a few small trinkets, knowing full well we’ll see more of them everywhere we go.
Stage coach rides 2 for $20
Next visit we'll do this


Obliging cowpoke/bartender/actor
(hiding his 'un-conventional for the times' coffee cup)

Schieffelin Hall named after the founder

Tombstone City Hall


Before we left the area we visited the Boothill Cemetery. You walk through the grave markers and can easily find yourself imagining the horrible deaths of the inhabitants here. 
Billy Clanton and McLaury bros. burial site








Thank you for popping in today!

8 comments:

  1. Looks like you enjoyed your day, we always have fun there.
    So much to see, we save a little for each visit.

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    1. It was a fantastic day! There is still more to see another time.

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    2. Lotsa fun memories exploring new places.

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  2. Oh, it's such a delight to live vicariously through you guys.

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    1. Hey Bruce! I'm so happy you are 'tagging' along! :) We're having a blast!

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  3. Looks like fun. There's a place called Bisbee that I've wanted to visit. You should check it out. I don't think it's too far from you.

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