Are there really any bodies buried in Tombstone’s Boothill Graveyard? Isn’t Boothill just a tourist trap with fake headstones? Weren’t all the bodies disinterred and moved to a new cemetery? We’ve been asked theses questions, or ones very similar, many times over the years. So often, in fact, that we were beginning to doubt that Boothill Graveyard is an authentic cemetery for the dearly departed in the Old West’s most famous mining boomtown. So we decided to dig a little deeper, so to speak. Here’s what we found. Boothill is authentic. It was Tombstone’s first City Cemetery, established in 1879. It wasn’t called Boothill until the 1920’s, probably as a result of Hollywood westerns or dime novels. After the new City Cemetery was established in 1884 at the end of Allen Street, what became known as Boothill was referred to as the Old Cemetery. Most Tombstoners wanted their loved ones … Continue reading
October 20, 2013. The Helldorado Days Parade has been an annual Tombstone event for 84 years. As many times as we’ve been to Tombstone, never have we seen the historic district so crowded. Thousands lined Allen Street to witness the events. We had a really good time. … Continue reading
TOMBSTONE’S RAILROAD CENTENNIAL reprinted with permission from Tombstone Times. by Larry Jensen & Ray Madzia Picture the day. Feel the event. The Railroad was coming to Tombstone!!!! It had been nearly 25 years that folks had been arriving in Tombstone, but not by rail. The railroad had not laid tracks and Tombstone was assessable only by horse and buggy so to speak. So here it is. The day has finally arrived and the streets are filled with the expectation of the very first train to arrive in Tombstone. The streets are all decorated. The shop windows display the banners and ribbons that had been readied for this historic event. From the top of the surrounding hills one could hear the trumpeting gun salutes announcing the arrival of the very first train into Tombstone. Picnic lunches were prepared. Ladies were dressed in their finest. Gentlemen were speaking in unison with pride … Continue reading
A joke around Tombstone goes like this. “Tombstone was built on mediocrity. For example, we have a corral that’s just OK; and a mine that’s barely good enough.” Our Good Enough Mine Tour was more than just “good enough”. The mine is a constant 65 degrees, a cooling retreat in the summer. Enjoy a cool one in the shade of the Dragoon Saloon before your tour. … Continue reading
Take one of the many Tombstone jeep tours offered by Into The West Jeep Tours and Mark and his crew will transport you back in time to the Old West of Cochise, Geronimo, Johnny Ringo, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday.
The Earp Vendetta Ride is your chance to ride where Doc and Wyatt tracked down the men who wounded Virgil and murdered Morgan following the most famous gunfight in American history.
The Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone was only the beginning of the murderous conflict between the Earp Brothers and their friends, and the outlaw gang known as ‘The Cowboys’. ‘The Cowboys’ were about two-dozen hard riding, hard drinking ranchers and rustlers, their hired hands and gunslingers. Most notable among them were the Clanton Brothers, Ike and Billy; the McLaury Brothers, Frank and Tom; Johnny Barnes; “Curly Bill” Brocius; Florintino Cruz, aka “Indian Charlie”; Frank Stilwell; and Johnny Ringo. … Continue reading
A brief synopsis of the Cowboys and the Earps and a timeline of the events that led up to the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
Following the Gunfight at the OK Corral, Ike Clanton filed murder charges against the Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Virgil and Morgan Earp who had been wounded in the gunfight.