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The Tombstone Courthouse was built in 1882, in the Victorian Style, at a cost of nearly $50,000. It served as the Cochise County Courthouse when Cochise County was formed from part of Pima County and was a symbol of law and stability. It housed the offices of the sheriff, recorder, treasurer, and the board of supervisors. Tombstone remained the county seat until 1929 when the county seat moved to Bisbee. The jail was at the rear, under the courtroom. A series of colorful, interesting people held office there including "Texas John" Slaughter a local cattleman who, as sheriff, virtually cleared the county of outlaws, and Deputy Sheriff Burt Alford, who was experienced on both sides of the law. Today, the 12,000 square foot Tombstone Courthouse State Historical Park is a museum containing a large collection of artifacts depicting life as it was in Tombstone during these turbulent but interesting times. Displays include the Sherriff's Office where "Texas John" Slaughter and the others worked; the courtroom where the accused stood trial and the gallows in the courtyard where 7 people were hung after their convictions. The Tombstone Courthouse is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM; but is closed on Christmas Day. Entrance fees are $4 for Adults 14 and up ($3 for military); $1 for kids 7 to 13; and free for children under 7. Facilities also include restrooms and picnic tables.

Address: 219 Toughnut Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638
Directions: Corner of Toughnut Street and 3rd Street, 2 blocks off Highway 80.
Phone: (520) 457-3311
Website: http://www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/tombstone.html

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