Tombstone is a town in southeastern Arizona, known for its Wild West history.
Exhibits at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park include a replica gallows.
On historic Allen Street, the O.K. Corral outdoor theater re-enacts an
1881 cowboy gunfight.
Resident ghosts are said to haunt the bullet-riddled Bird Cage Theatre.
Outlaws are among the local townsfolk buried at the 1878 Boothill Cemetery.
It's been many years since I was last here but not a lot has changed.
Reenactment gunfights are no longer permitted on the town streets, you have to
pay to visit other areas set up away from the main shops an traffic, such as
the replica of the O.K. Corral, or the Old Tombstone Western Theme Park.
We went to the latter and, although somewhat comedic, quite enjoyed it -
after all what gal doesn't like a cowboy!!!
Boothill Graveyard was the Tombstone City Cemetery from 1878 to 1884.
It was not called Boothill until the 1920s. Its occupants ran the spectrum of all
the cultures and nationalities of early Tombstone.
Cowboys who "died with their boots on" lie next to housewives, business men
and women, miners, gamblers, ladies of the "red-light district" and all the famous
and not so famous occupants that contributed to Tombstone's early history.
By the 1920s, Boothill had fallen into ruin with many grave markers lost or unreadable.
A group of citizens in Tombstone and Cochise County began the task of researching
old burial records, consulting with relatives, older residents, and using all means
available to identify the occupants and mark the graves properly.
The task took several years and the efforts of many to accomplish. This resulted
in the graveyard being restored much as it was in the early years when
it was the city cemetery.