I thought it might be interesting to visit Tombstone on Labor Day Weekend and take in the Steampunk Parade, “Steampunk” being: a movement of people and things, powered by steam and set in the 1800’s. Think “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. I invited Neighbor Roy to join me. Our first stop was at the OK Cafe for a “catch-up” visit with the notorious Dr. Jay. The good doctor is the reigning authority on Tombstone history and gives excellent walking tours around the historical sites. Anytime we hear someone is going to Tombstone, we recommend that they take Dr. Jay’s tour first. They always come back with a good understanding and appreciation for “The Town Too Tough To Die”.
A good-size crowd had gathered on the boardwalks along the parade route. The parade started at 11AM. No doubt when it’s over, the Crystal Palace and Big Nose Kate’s Saloons would be in “overflow” mode.
Each of the Steampunk characters had their own approach to dealing with their fantasies. I think the MC described the lady above as a “Time-Traveling Prostitute”. Whatever. She has a beautiful smile. This is the only time I saw her mug for a camera. It happened to be mine.
Tombstone At Twilight is the 4th Saturday of each month. This is when all the shops stay open after dark. The next big Tombstone event is Territorial Days September 19-20th. There will be chuck wagon and military drill competitions, a military encampment, parade, and more.
Then, the 86th Annual Helldorado Days will be October 17, 2015. It’s big, it’s funky, and it’s lots of fun. Will we see you there?