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 Arizona Territory on August 13, 1881, about 10 weeks before his youngest son, William (Billy) Clanton would die of wounds sustained in a blaze of gunfire on Freemont Street near the OK Corral in Tombstone; October 26, 1881. Another son, Issac (Ike) Clanton, a mean-spirited, loudmouth cowardly drunk was instrumental in fomenting that gunfight between the Earps (Virgil, Wyatt, Morgan and Doc Holliday) and 3 Cowboys (Frank & Tom McLaury & Billy Clanton). The “Old Man” was, by many accounts, a successful rancher and cattle rustler. It is unlikely he ever met the Earps or Holliday because he had moved … Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
After what became the most famous gunfight in history, Wyatt Earp went on what became known as the Earp Vendetta Ride to avenge the ambush that crippled his older brother, Virgil, and the assassination of his younger brother, Morgan, by a gang of outlaws known as “The Cowboys”.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Reportedly the world’s largest single rose bush lives in Tombstone, Arizona at the Rose Tree Inn, 4th and Toughnut. Commonly called the Lady Banks, the “lady banksiae” a white rose, came from Scotland in 1885. It covers over 8000 square feet. It blooms in the early spring and is Thornless. For a fee you can view it, picnic, or get married. You can also buy a rooted stalk and take home some history. Shown here is a yellow rose, my home, not necessarily under control.
One of the best places to stay in Tombstone, this Bed and Breakfast will please. Ten rooms with private baths, Lynda serves a full breakfast. The old bordello features a private pool, spa, English style garden and with patio with BBQ.Continue reading
A walking tour of Tombstone, Dr. Jay presents the true history of the town too tough to die.Continue reading
Bill Hunley is the manager of the Bird Cage Theater, Tombstone’s most notorious saloon, gambling hall, and house of ill-repute. It’s been in his family since the 1930′s. The Bird Cage is now a museum, but what an extraordinary museum it is. Watch the video to get a glimpse.Continue reading
Tom McLaury defends the Cowboys position before the Gunfight at the OK Corral. A Reenactment one of many played out on the streets of Tombstone.Continue reading
An introduction to the real Tombstone, the town too tough to die. Tombstone is a tourist town, granted. However, the people of Tombstone are dedicated to keeping the legend alive.Continue reading
Our thanks to Keith Davis of Goose Flats Graphics and Janice Hendricks of the Tombstone Times for providing historic photographs of Tombstone and Bisbee. We will be using more of these priceless images in upcoming features. You can subscribe to the Monthly Tombstone Times! Receive the Tombstone Times paper edition in your mailbox for one full year. That’s 12 issues full of facts, fun and useful information from the “Town Too Tough to Die”. 1 Year U.S. Subscription – $24.00 2 Year U.S. Subscription – $44.00 1 Year Canada or Mexico Subscription-$29.00 2 Year Canada or Mexico Subscription-$56.00 1 Year Foreign Subscription – $36.00 2 Year Foreign Subscription – $70.00 1 Sample Issue – $2.50 BEST DEAL! Subscribe to Tombstone Times electronic edition for only $10 per year. (Issues are emailed worldwide as pdf files and require Adobe Reader to view and print) For more information about Tombstone, a map … Continue reading
I must say, it was a pleasant experience. Not because the Bordello is fancy. It’s not. But the bed was comfortable, the garden and pool area most pleasant. And the hostess, Ms. Lynda, a delight.
The Tombstone Bordello has another advantage. It’s only a five minute walk to THE MAIN EVENT – the OK Corral, Big Nose Kate’s, Crystal Palace, Bird Cage Theater, and the Old Courthouse Museum.
Dining in Tombstone can be hoot. Here you can get a good steak, outstanding BBQ ribs, or a decent burger all served with a large helping of Old West History.Continue reading
Our Arizona legislature is dominated by religious extremists and they have pretty much ruined our state and made AZ a national joke. For example, over the objections of every law enforcement department in the state, they tried to get a bill passed that would allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon on our college and university campuses. Their operating theory was: “An Armed Society Is A Polite Society.” Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. They were also willing to let the Old Cochise County Courthouse Museum close in order to save a few bucks. Fortunately, the Tombstone City and Chamber of Commerce saved the day, so you can enjoy this fine museum that tells the real story of Tombstone. A ‘must see’ on our family’s list. Visit the Website for more information 223 East Toughnut street, Tombstone AZ 85638 … Continue reading
The Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper Office Visit the Website 11 S. Fifth Street Tombstone AZ 85638 … Continue reading