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Tombstone, Arizona

Posted by on November 29, 2013

Historic Tombstone, Arizona…Home of the famous shooting at the OK Corral. Tombstone is now a ghost town. It’s fun to visit and learn the history of the Wild West.


An old Saloon in Tombstone.

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

Tombstone is an historic Wild-West town located about 25 miles from Benson. It’s a straight shot down highway 80 and doesn’t take any time at all to get there. It was one of the last wide-open frontier boomtowns in the American Old West.  The town prospered from about 1877 to 1890, during which time the town’s mines produced about  $85 million in silver bullion, making it the largest producing silver district in Arizona. Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than 7 years. It is best known as the site of the most famous fight in the history of the American Old West: the Gunfight at the OK Corral.  The gunfight was between outlaw cowboys and frontier Marshall  Wyatt Erp and Doc Holliday. They came through the fight unharmed. The fight has come to represent a time in American history when the frontier was open range for outlaws opposed by law enforcement that was spread thin over vast territories, leaving some areas totally unprotected. We had a fun afternoon here. It seemed like a movie set, yet it was absolutely for real.

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