Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tombstone, Arizona

The old-time saloon shown above is where we had lunch on the day we played tourist in Tombstone, Arizona which is famous for the "shootout at the OK Corral". 
The Tombstone newspaper back in the 1880s was named the Tombstone Epitaph and their office now has an exhibit of old newspaper equipment.
As we walked around town, we saw many stagecoaches.  This just happens to be one of the nicer ones.  
The old buildings have been well-maintained and they look really nice.  Tourist-related stores and shops are housed in most of them, along with restaurants.
As with many tourist towns, there are street musicians and performers.  This town had one of the more unique performers, dressed to be noticed.  He had music playing, and he kept time with bells on his feet that rang when he danced.  He had some kind of bones or sticks in his hands that he clicked together in time to the music.  He seemed to be a happy guy, grinning while he danced in time to the music.

Of course, we had to tour Boothill Cemetery.  The marker below tells of a man wrongly hanged and the town admitting the mistake. 
A few others below give an idea of how the wild west was in those days.  Some markers told if they were killed or murdered, apparently there's a difference, and by whom.  Those who committed suicide were labeled, and they seemed to be mostly women.  Some markers named the person who killed or murdered the victim, or if it was done by Indians, the sheriff or a chinaman.


We spent most of the day in town and were tired by the time we left, but we sure enjoyed the day.  Don't forget Tombstone if you're in the area - it's just a little south of I10.