Discover 5 things to do in Tombstone, Arizona, one of the most famous wild west towns in North America.
The authentic silver mining town is rich in history. Some of the most well-known names of the old west walked its streets.
Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp with brothers Virgil and Morgan participated in the famous gunfight at the OK Corral on October 26, 1881. The gunfight left Billy Clanton and Frank and Tom McLaury dead. These gunslingers’ graves can be found at Booth Hill Graveyard.
Take a stroll along the wooden boardwalks on the town’s dusty main street. Check out saloons, museums, shops and restaurants or join a narrated historic walking, stage coach or trolley tour.
If you want to catch a live reenactment of a shootout at the O.K. Corral Historic Complex, be sure to time your visit accordingly.
Top 5 things to do in Tombstone
- Gunfighter Hall of Fame displays historic guns, including Wyatt Earp’s actual weapon.
- O.K. Corral Complex presents live reenactments of the famous shootout.
- Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park housed a jail and the courthouse, which enforced the law during a very disruptive time. Outside is a reproduction of the gallows.
- Boot Hill Graveyard is an authentic restored cemetery. It is the final resting place of the famous dead gunmen from the shootout at the O.K. Corral, ladies of the night, cowboys and other residents of Tombstone.
- Bird Cage Theatre offers day tours and ghost tours nightly. Here you will also find a rare historic photo display, the Black Moriah hearse (used to carry bodies to Boot Hill Graveyard) and the poker table used by famous gamblers Bat Masterson, Diamond Jack Brady and George Randolph Hurst.
Facts about Tombstone, Arizona
• Silver prospector Ed Schieffelin founded Tombstone in 1887
• The mid-1880s saw Tombstone’s population grow to at least 15,000, including about 7,500 registered white male voters
• The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” actually happened on a Fremont Street empty lot
• Boot Hill Graveyard was used from 1879 to 1884
• The famous Bird Cage Theatre opened in 1881 and ran 7 days a week, 24 hours a day as a brothel, saloon, theatre and gambling hall until closing in 1889
• Tombstone rebuilt itself twice after two major fires in June 1881 and May 1882
• Tombstone was designated a registered historic landmark in 1962
Getting to Tombstone
Tombstone is located about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Tucson. Drive 80 miles along Highway 10 east to Benson and then head south on Highway 80.
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