Entries Tagged as 'USA- AZ, Tombstone'

Tombstone- Allen Street, World's Largest Rosebush 1880's Museum, Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

When Ed Schleiffen started prospecting in southern Arizona, a friend told him that the only thing he would find was his tombstone.  Therefore, when Schleiffen struck it rich with his silver mine, he named his settlement Tombstone.

Looking down the town's main thoroughfare, Allen Street, with its flat roofed buildings and a vista as far as the eye could see, Tombstone reminded me of a Western town of the imagination.  Making my way down the street, I saw a grand 19th century gazebo, a bone-rattling stagecoach, and some eccentric street performers.

Taking a slight detour, I came upon the World's Largest Rosebush 1880's Museum on 118 4th Street.  The rose bush out back had no blooms, but the interior of the former residence contained beautiful Victorian wallpaper, gaslight fixtures, rich 19th century furniture, lace curtains, and an antique stove.

Also noteworthy was the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery on 102 East Fremont Street, where I saw the one-time residence of that Western legend, as well as a statue of the man himself.  Pity it was a picture gallery and not a museum, but you can't have everything!

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Tombstone- Courthouse, Epitaph, City Hall, Masonic Lodge

The Tombstone Courthouse on 223 East Toughnut Street is a beautiful red brick Victorian structure built with the wealth of the nearby silver mines.  Just hope you don't get dragged into the courtroom for a speedy trial that leads straight to a Western necktie!

Also of note is the Tombstone Epitaph on 11 South 5th Street, which published the newspaper that skillfully chronicled the Shoot-out at the OK Corral, launching the Earps and Doc Holliday into immortality.

And don't miss the stately City Hall on 107 East Toughnut Street, newly baptized with a fresh coat of red paint, and the Masonic Lodge on 402 East Fremont Street, home of the mysteries of the secret society!

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Tombstone- Longhorn Restaurant, Birdcage Theatre Museum

If you happen upon Tombstone with a fierce hunger, I recommend the Longhorn Restaurant on 501 East Allen Street.  It's a great place to sink your teeth into a juicy bacon cheeseburger.  And don't forget the sarsaparilla!

Then make for the Birdcage Theatre Museum on 517 East Allen Street.  Back in the 1880's, this was the place to see live performances of everything from William Shakespeare's Hamlet to Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus.  Any souls for sale?

The theatre today actually looks like it was abandoned 100 years ago, and not touched since.  A layer of dust covered most everything, which may alarm some, but for me, it added to the place's allure.  I also liked the cool box seats, painted stage curtain, ornate lighting fixtures, and prints of beautiful women.

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Tombstone- Big Nose Kate Saloon, Crystal Palace Saloon

If you want to take a night time walk in the footsteps of the gunfighters, head for Big Nose Kate Saloon on 417 East Allen Street.  Named after Doc Holliday's girlfriend, and sporting colorful paintings over the bar, it is an atmospheric spot to sink your teeth into a Snake Bite.  And if you like a good ghost story, just ask the bartender about the sightings of spirits long departed, for most people in this town believe.

Then amble on over to the Crystal Palace Saloon on 436 East Allen Street.  With its lanterns, tin-pressed ceiling, period wallpaper and bar, it is by far the most authentic place to have a drink.  You can even order an Old Overholt Whiskey, favored by the drinkers of Wyatt Earp's time, although Wyatt himself rarely drank anything stronger than coffee.  If only the walls could speak...too bad dead men tell no tales!

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Tombstone- OK Corral Gunfight Sight, Boothill Graveyard

The OK Corral on 326 East Allen Street was the sight of the most famous gunfight in the history of the American West.  Here Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp, along with Doc Holliday shot it out with the Clanton-McLowery cowboy gang.  When the smoke had cleared, 3 cowboys lay dead or dying.  The Earp-Holliday side, on the other hand, sustained only minor injuries, and Wyatt Earp himself was completely unscathed!

Today, you can see a re-enactment of the shoot-out, which is not very historically accurate, but still fun to watch.  I especially liked the actor portraying Doc Holliday, who mirrored Val Kilmer's portrayal of Holliday in the movie "Tombstone."

Getting back to our story, the last stop for those unfortunate cowboys was The Boothill Graveyard on Arizona 80, where they will lie for eternity.  And woe to those who cross the Earps and Doc Holliday, for they will reap a terrible harvest.

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