The Town Too Tough To Die

Another warm sunny day! We went for a walk in the desert behind the RV park again this morning. We went farther than we did before and found a few more of those rock arches like we saw last time.

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And enjoyed the desert views.

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After our walk we decided to drive to Tombstone, “The Town Too Tough To Die.” An authentic 1880 western town, not a stage-prop town like we saw in Old Tucson.

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Tombstone

The first person we saw was this colorful character.

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Horse-drawn coaches are available for a narrated historical tour. For a fee, of course.

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The Bird Cage Theatre..From 1881 to 1889 was known as the most famous Honky-Tonk in America. The New York Times referred to it as the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. For $10 each we were let into the back room to see the gambling casino and danced hall with the little rooms where the “ladies of the night” plied their trade. Signs say we are not allowed to post pictures on any internet social media without written permission.

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A few times throughout the day there were free gunfight re-enactments. But if you want to see the famous gunfight at the OK Coral you have to pay to see that. There are other shows and tours you can purchase while you are here too, including a silver mine tour.

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There were a lot of people walking around in period costumes. And today the ladies were having a fashion show.

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The Tombstone Courthouse is a State Historic Park. We paid the $5 each to get a look inside which includes a museum, exhibits, and, of course, a gift shop.

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Sign over door of the OK Cafe

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And of course no trip to Tombstone would be complete without a stop at Boot Hill. This is a real cemetery, not just a tourist trap.

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John Heath, Taken from County Jail & Lynched by Bisbee Mob in Tombstone, Feb 22, 1884

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We finished up our day by watching the movie:  3:10 to Yuma

  • Gasoline:  none
  • Lodging:  paid
  • Tour Fees:  $30
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