Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tombstone AZ

Tombstone, just one of many places you can discover in your Arizona Explorations!
(Contributed by Christina Ballee')

Today, Tombstone is the most well-known mining site in the state of Arizona. It was discovered in the late 1800s and established by Ed Schieffelin. It produced millions of dollars worth of profit in silver. As far as the size of Tombstone, it at one time had between 15,000-20,000 residents and was said to have been the fastet growing town between St. Louis and San Francisco! Interestingly enough there were 2 fires that almost destroyed the town, but it is still around and thriving today. It boasts a post office that was established at the town’s conception, that is still working today.
But just because it is a “ghost town”, doesn't mean that it is devoid of action! Tombstone now has many thriving businesses, restaurants, and hotels. Not only that...but many of the original buildings still stand. One such building is the Birdcage Theater, which was the most popular Honkey Tonk of it's day. It is still used, but by county and civic officials. 
You can find this town about 30 minutes Northeast of Sierra Vista.

So go visit this uniquely historic site that is a jewel in the cap of Arizona’s rich history!

Tombstone has alot of history behind it, you can find alot of details and further information at the Tombstone Web


Doug Danner said...

Nice article. My wife and I like to go and hang out at the Crystal Palace, they have great burgers!

Nemo said...

I am somewhat chagrined to admit it.. I still haven't been there Just glad that Christina was willing to contribute :) One of these days, I swear I will get down to your corner of the world!