Description“The town too tough to die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona's old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin came to Camp Huachuca with a party of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, his comrades told him that he would find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.
Over the course of 7 years the mines produced millions of dollars in silver and gold before rising underground waters forced suspension of operations.
Days of lawlessness and violence in Tombstone climaxed with the infamous battle between Wyatt Earp and his brothers against the Clanton brothers, fought at the rear entrance to the O.K. Corral.
Many of Tombstone's historic buildings are within an area bounded by Fremont, 6th, Toughnut and 3rd streets. Among them are St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1882; the Crystal Palace, one of the most luxurious saloons in the West; and the Tombstone Epitaph building, where the oldest continuously published paper in Arizona is still being printed. Western printing history exhibits in the front office are free to the public.
Visitor InfoTombstone Chamber of Commerce 109 S. 4th St. TOMBSTONE, AZ 85638. Phone:(520)457-9317 or (888)457-3929
Things to SeeBird Cage Theatre
GEM Description“The town too tough to die” is alive and well; the O.K. Corral, Boothill Graveyard, the Tombstone Epitaph building, saloons and the 1882 courthouse attest to this old mining boomtown's Wild West atmosphere.