Tombstone Boothill Graveyard: How They Lived; How They Died.

China Mary Tombstone

In 1880, old age began about 40, the average life expectancy of a U.S. citizen. Life was hard, good nutrition & effective medical treatment were scarce. By age 40, most people, particularly women, were simply worn out. Between 1879 and 1884, about 300 people were buried in the Tombstone Boothill … Continue reading

Good Enough Mine Tour

Miner Ticket Seller

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 … Continue reading

Boothill Graveyard: Tombstone, AZ

Tombstone Boothill

Visiting Tombstone’s Boothill Graveyard is free. After all, it’s a public cemetery. But it takes considerable willpower not to stop at the gift shop on the way out and buy a souvenir. We have several. Newman (Old Man) Clanton was born in 1816 and was killed by Mexican troops in … Continue reading

Earp Vendetta Ride

Wyatt and Doc

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 … Continue reading

Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die Almost Did

Tombstone-Crystal-Palace

By the 1930’s, Tombstone was dying. The mining boomtown of the 1880’s was long gone. In 1882, Tombstone residents numbered between 6,000 and 7,000. By the time these photographs were taken, the nation was deep in the Great Depression, and Tombstone was almost a ghost town.

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