Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tombstone, AZ. "The Town to Tough to Die"

We spent the day in Tombstone, the baddest town in the old west.  The mining town drew the worst of the worst.  Miners, Saloon owners, gamblers, prostitutes and their madams, robbers and more.  The famous Boot Hill Cemetery is here.  In 5 years (1835 days) 2,000 graves were dug, more than one funeral everyday.  The town is reconstructed to show what it was like in the heyday of silver mining here, 1880-1885, when nearly 15,000 people lived here.  We enjoyed the day.  We took a trolley tour of town, watched a play with a gunfight, had a nice lunch in the Crystal Palace and visited Boot Hill and the Cochise County Courthouse and Museum, with the hanging gallows out back.  We even went to the famous O.K. Corral where Wyatt Earp and his two brothers, along with Doc Holiday had their famous fight and gunned down the McClarty Brother and Billy Anton.
Debbie practicing her roping skills, she roped the horse on the first try.
O.K. Corral
Going for a ride on the Wells Fargo stagecoach
Lunch at the Crystal Palace, what a huge bar.
The Gunfight
Debbie preparing to enter the Boot Hill Graveyard and Gift shop.
They made a mistake
The McClarty Brothers and Billy Anton killed at the O.K. Corral
Sentenced to prison, but hung by the a mob from Bisbee
If you were bad, you got killed by the gun or ended up here at the gallows.


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