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Travel back to the Old West with a visit to Tombstone, Arizona

View of Allen Street in the Tombstone Historic District
View of Allen Street in the Tombstone Historic District
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Welcome to Tombstone, Arizona “the Town Too Tough to Die", is the sign you’ll see as you enter this western town. The moment visitors arrive in Tombstone, they are taken back in time to some of the greatest moments taking place in the American West.

View of Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona
View of Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona
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Once a booming mining town back in the 1880's, Tombstone brought in people from all over looking to strike it rich. Searching for gold and silver made it a magnet for thieves, gamblers, murderers, and an abundance of dubious villains. With the population ballooning to around 20,000, the streets were alive with hundreds of saloons and gambling halls.

Today, Tombstone is a tourist destination, with about 1,500 residents welcoming tourists and visitors alike to their famous town. Tombstone, Arizona, is truly one of the last remaining western towns with a rich and colorful history.

Many of the most famous Wild West personalities called Tombstone their home. Most of the original buildings still stand showing bullet holes still visible from its rowdy past. As you walk the streets of Tombstone, you can feel the spirits of these legendary figures walking besides you.

Visitors will find a variety of attractions interesting to both young and old. Some of the local attractions include shooting re-enactments, in particular the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, with visits to historical sites such as the Tombstone Courthouse, Goodenough Mine, Boot Hill, and the dwellings where many of the most infamous residence of Tombstone made their home.

O.K. Corral

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp facing the Clantons and McLaurys on October 26, 1881, is recorded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American west. See the reenactment between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp shooting it out with the Clanton brothers and McLaurys.

Boot Hill

Boot Hill datesback to 1878 and sits on a small hill just northwest of town. This historic cemetery is the burial place of some 250 people that includes the town's early pioneers, murderers, and thieves. Because of so many violent tragedies in those early years, the cemetery became known as the Boot Hill Graveyard. There lie three grave markers significant to the history of Tombstone. Look closely, and you'll see the names of Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury, and Tom McLaury, shot and killed by the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, and Doc Holliday that took place at the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The Bird Cage Theatre

One of the most famous landmarks is the Bird Cage Theatre, Tombstone's most authentic attraction. It became known as the wildest and most hateful night spot in Tombstone, Arizona. Legend has it that 26 people were killed in the Bird Cage during the eight years it was open. As to this day, more than a hundred bullet holes remain in the building confirming the legend. The Bird Cage Theatre included a saloon, theatre, poker room in the basement and a bordello. Some of the town's most noted poker players included the likes of Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady and George Hearst.

Crystal Palace Saloon

Step back into the Old West when you visit the Crystal Palace Saloon located in the heart of Tombstone. First established in 1879, the saloon was named the Golden Eagle Brewery. Around midnight, December 28, 1881, Virgil Earp was crossing Fifth Street toward the main door of the Eagle Brewery when numerous gunshots were heard from a second story window of the Huachuca Water Company building on Allen Street. Virgil Earp survived the ambush, but his left arm was severely injured and scarred for life. This historic saloon and restaurant still provides some of the best-tasting food in town. You can still taste the richness of whiskey as it was served in the 1800's. Today, the Crystal Palace Saloon is still a favorite meeting place for many residents of Tombstone.

Experience the legends and rich history of Tombstone, Arizona and see why over 500,000 tourists from all over the world flock to the most famous town in the Old West.

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