Start your day off right aboard the Tombstone Trolley. "Settle back in yer saddle" as our expert conductors share with you the history, legends and lore of Tombstone’s colorful past. Enjoy a three mile, half-hour tour of our most famous landmarks. We offer pick-up service for groups from your hotel and also on/off service to the Boothill Graveyard. The trolley ticket will provide discounts to shoot-outs, restaurants, museums and more. On weekend nights you can reserve your seat on our 1 hr. long "Ghost and Murder Tour". Our "ghost host" will leave no Tombstone unturned!
As portrayed in novels, movies, and TV shows, the Gunfight at the OK Corral has come to epitomize the Wild West. In Tombstone, the site where the 30-second gun battle actually happened has taken on mythic proportions over the last century. Inside the corral, you'll find not only displays on the shootout, but also exhibits on mining life, the infamous ‘soiled dove’ prostitutes, and local photographer C. S. Fly, who ran the boardinghouse where Doc Holliday was staying at the time. Next door is the Tombstone Historama, a multimedia exploration of the town’s legacy.
Witness the dramatic events that made Tombstone famous: the silver boom, the great fire, the O.K. Corral® gunfight, the assassination of Morgan Earp, and more. Actor Vincent Price narrates this exciting multimedia history of Tombstone from Geronimo's Apaches to modern times.
Read original 1881 reports of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral®. Free reprint with your O.K. Corral ticket. Learn how Epitaph editor, John Clum, captured the Apache warrior Geronimo and why he hired the Earps to defend Tombstone. See how The Epitaph® was printed on the original press in the 1880s.
When the sun dipped below the horizon, the night life of Tombstone came to full and vibrant life, and a brisk business reigned in the saloons and crib houses lining Allen Street. Most famous is the Bird Cage Theatre, so named for the box seats lining the balcony wall. These velvet-draped cages were used by ladies of the evening, where they entertained gentlemen guests. For old Tombstone atmosphere and authentic artifacts from the town’s heyday, this place is hard to beat.
Take the old stagecoach route out of Tombstone to the Rattlesnake Ranch and then on to the ghost towns of Gleeson, Courtland and Pearce and learn the local history from knowledgeable guides. Then return to Tombstone via the military road built in 1877 up and over the Dragoon Mountains. You will see old saloons, jails, mercantiles and other contemporary ruins – a fantastic day trip!
When the smoke cleared in 1881, three men lay dead. They were later carted off to the Boot Hill Graveyard (tel. 800/457-9344 or 520/457-9344), on the north edge of town. The cemetery is open to the public and is entered through a gift shop on Ariz. 80. The graves of Clanton and the McLaury brothers, as well as of others who died in gunfights or by hanging, are well marked. Entertaining epitaphs grace the gravestones; among the most famous that of Lester Moore - "Here lies Lester Moore, 4 slugs from a 44, No Les, no more."
One of the most imposing and well-preserved buildings in town is the Tombstone Courthouse State Park, at Third and Toughnut streets (tel. 520/457-3311). Built in 1882, the courthouse is now a state historic park and museum –actually the smallest in the State Park system – containing artifacts, photos, and newspaper clippings chronicling Tombstone's lively past. In the courtyard, the gallows that once ended the lives of outlaws and bandits still stands.
Tombstone has long been a tourist town, and its streets are lined with souvenir shops selling wind chimes, western artifacts, and other souvenirs. There are also several museums scattered around town highlighting unique aspects of Tombstone’s history. At the Rose Tree Inn Museum, at Fourth and Toughnut streets (tel. 520/457-3326), you can see the world's largest rose bush; brought over from Ireland as a cutting over a century ago, the ‘bush’ is now an enormous canopy which, when in bloom, saturates the entire town with its fragrance. Inside the museum are also antique furnishings from Tombstone's heyday in the 1880s.
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