"Tombstone, Arizona: When the West was Wild" Top 5 Page for this destination Tombstone by Stephen-KarenConn
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If Tombstone did not have such an incredibly violent and interesting past, it would probably have no present. It would be just like so many other ghost mining towns in the American Southwest, abandoned and forgotten. But this is the site of the most famous gun battle in the history of the west - the shootout at OK Coral. It is place of the first Bootheel Graveyard, the infamous Birdcage Theatre, and The Epitath, Arizona's first newspaper, still being published after more than 120 years. This is the legendary Tombstone: the town too tough to die.
The West's wildest mining town owes its beginning to Ed Schieffelin, who prospected the nearby hills in 1877. Friends warned him that all he would ever find would be his own tombstone. But instead of an Apache bullet, he found silver - ledges of it - and the rush was on. Miners soon built a shantytown on the closest level space to the mines, then known as Goose Flats. Remembering the grim prophecy given to Schieffelin, and with tongue in cheek, they changed the name to Tombstone.
In the early 1880s Tombstone reached a population of 10,000, however, within eight short years Tombstone's heyday was over. Today it is once again a thriving town, albeit smaller than in the early 1880s. Now people come here not seeking silver, but hoping for a glimpse, however distant, of the West when it was really wild. They will not be dissapointed.
Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed strolling up and down Allen Street, the main street of Tombstone, on the authentic old... more travel advice
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