|Shooting some paintball bullets|
Tombstone is also home to the world's largest rose, a Lady Banksia rose painstakingly transported from England to the Wild West in 1885. It now covers over 8,000 square feet and for a fee you can see it behind the protective walls of its home.
Boot Hill Cemetery is just on the outskirts of town and is well worth a visit. Some of the Cowboy gang is buried there - the Clantons and Bill Brocious. The OK Corral is still there and reenactments are available throughout the day.
When the silver mines began to flood in 1886 with the demise of the primary pump for the mines, the end was in sight for Tombstone. The pump was destroyed by you guessed it --fire. It didn't take long for the town to empty and by the turn of the century, its population had declined to a several hundred.
There are lots more stories about Tombstone. It was quite the place and thoroughly wicked during those wild days. Shootings, prostitution, gambling, drinking, murder, corrupt lawmen, you name it, it was happening in Tombstone. Today it's a favorite tourist stop, where you can interact with cowboys and ladies of the evening on the boardwalks in town. You can visit the Tombstone Courthouse that still has the gallows out back. A stagecoach ride around town with a knowledgeable guide will give you a good overview of its history. You can dress up, play cowboy, visit a mine, wander through the Bird Cage and see where the men played poker in the basement, and get some BBQ. There's a celebration of some sort in Tombstone at the drop of a cowboy hat. One of the biggest weekends is Helldorado Days in the fall. Celebrities still show up to get a taste of the Old West and kids of all ages enjoy the ambiance of "The Town Too Tough to Die."
|Our visitors (Robyn & Jill) outside the OK Corral|
|A little Tombstone humor|