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Boothill Graveyard is on US-80, just outside of Tombstone to the northwest. It is not actually all that much much off-the-beaten-path, but I list it here because I want to show a few of the more interesting graves, so I will bunch them together in this section.
Tombstone's Boothill Graveyard is the first of a few cemeteries in the old west to be so named. I have personally visited other Boothill Cemeteries in Dodge City, Kansas and Ogallala, Nebraska. Tombstone's Boothill was laid out as a burial plot in 1878 and first called Tombstone Cemetery. It was the burial place of the town's first pioneers and was used as such until around 1884, when a new community cemetery was opened.
The old cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard, due to the fact that so many of those interred here met untimely violent deaths; they died with their boots on. The Graveyard is a true symbol of this roaring mining town of the early 1880s. More than 250 people were buried here: outlaws with their victims, suicides, hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the hardy citizens and refined element of Tombstone's early days.
There is a gift shop in front of the graveyard. I highly recommend that you begin there and invest $2.00 in a small guidebook which contains a descriptive list of the graves. The gift shop also has great chocolate fudge.
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