The origin of the town’s name is fairly well-known. Seems Ed was staying at Fort Huachuca and told some soldiers he was going prospecting in the hills around Goose Flats (present-day Tombstone). The soldiers laughed and told Ed, “All you will find over there is your own tombstone”. Both the soldiers and Ed knew that the place was infested with Apaches and prospectors in the area were short-lived. But Ed went anyway and the rest is history.