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Tombstone Arizona - O.K. Corral
Tombstone, in Cochise County, Arizona, is no doubt the most famous and glamorized mining town in America. Prospector Ed Schieffelin was told he would only find his tombstone in the San Pedro Valley. He named his first silver claim Tombstone, and it later became the name of the town.
While the area became notorious for saloons, gambling houses and the O.K. Corral shootout, in the 1880s Tombstone had become the most cultivated city in the West. Underground water flooded the mines though, and falling silver prices ended the boom in 1904. Surviving the Great Depression and relocation of the County Seat to Bisbee, in the 1930s Tombstone became known as "The Town Too Tough To Die."
Tombstone is the perfect place to stay and learn about the old west. It is centrally located for great day trips. Tombstone began a mining town and has grown to a popular old west town full of history. Today Tombstone has a population of 1,500. "The Queen of the Boom Towns" sits at an elevation of 4,540 feet. The mild year-round climate and low humidity makes it an ideal place to stay all year round. The low temperatures in the winter are near 40 degrees and the summer high temperature is 98 degrees. The entire town is a living history museum that is best enjoyed on foot. There are so many exciting things to do in Tombstone.
There are several unique attractions in Tombstone that will add spice to your visit. The Rose Tree Inn Museum is an amazing sight. It is estimated that the world's largest rosebush is located here, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It is large, I mean really large. You'll have to see it, to believe it. The Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park was built to bring stability to a rowdy time in Tombstone's history.
The O.K. Corral is a popular stop on a trip through town. This is the place where the famous gunfight between the Earp brothers along with Doc Holiday and the McLowery and Clanton clans. The shootout was essentially the culmination of a feud between the Earps who represented "law and order" in this lawless boomtown, such as it was, and the gang known as the Cowboys, a loose association of cattle rustlers, gunslingers, and other hard men. The Clantons, McLaurys, and Billy Claibourne were part of this faction. Given the nature of the town and the harshness of the Earps, there was considerable sympathy for the Cowboys. Many movies have been made describing the most famous gunfight in the West. You can see for yourself how this gun battle took place.
Ramsey Canyon Preserve is a unique place for hiking and taking in nature. The preserve also has cabins to rent with a stream nearby to enjoy. Garden Canyon is a beautiful place filled with wildlife. Some of the animals in the canyon are unique to the area. The Coronado National Memorial is a great place to learn about the Spanish influence and history. The memorial offers a scenic drive and hiking trails. For those who enjoy a real adventure, the memorial has a natural cave to go exploring in.
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area is home to over 100 species of breeding birds. The area is also a habitat for over 250 migrant and wintering birds. Some say that the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area is one of the best birding spots in the country. You see some unique birds and beautiful views during your visit.
Territorial Days in March
Rose Festival in April
Wyatt Earp Days in May
Vigilante Days in August
Rendezvous of the Gunfighters in September
Helldorado Days in October
Emmett Kelly, Jr. Days and Clanton Family Reunion in November
Tombstone, Arizona lies in the desert hills between the San Pedro Valley to the west and the Dragoon Mountains to the east. The town is located on State Highway 80 between Benson and Bisbee. It is approximately a half hour drive from Tucson. You can get to Tombstone by heading east on Interstate 10, until you come to Benson where you'll head south on State Highway 80 on to Tombstone.
For more information: 888-457-3929 or www.cityoftombstone.com
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