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Tombstone, AZ

"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'd find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim the Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.

Usually, I pass over orb photos because they can easily be attributed to dust or moisture in the air. In this case, we were just beginning our haunted tour of Tombstone and as we began to walk down the street, I felt like I should turn around and take a photo. This is the only orb that showed up in any of the pictures I took in Tombstone, but of course that isn't proof of anything. All I had was that "feeling." The next photo is actual size, but cropped in, and the following photo was the next one I took about 20 feet farther down the street.

Haunted History Ghost Tour

This tour, brought to you by the OK Corral, is full of true stories, and facts about Tombstone's haunted history. They tell you about the real hauntings of Tombstone's historic past. More than just ghosts keep Tombstone alive, some of the most amazing history echoes in the streets!

We highly recommend this tour, it was very informative and interesting, and only $7, which is very reasonable compared to other tours offered in Tombstone and across the country. The best part is that your tour guide, Josh, has personally conducted paranormal investigations in half of the buildings in town. Of course, we kept getting off track, and talked shop much of the time, but we had a great time during our only night in town.

We arrived in town after 8 p.m. and usually advance ticket purchase is preferred, but luckily a group went on the 9:30 p.m. tour, so when we showed up unannounced at 11 p.m. the other group was wrapping up, and Josh happily took us on a very late and extended tour. Mike picked up an inebriated guest as we were walking around town that night, who had to tell us about how his house was haunted and join us on the tour.

The famously haunted Bird Cage Theatre. We didn't see anything in there. During the day you can enter the shop, but you have to pay $10 per person to walk through the building. It is packed with antiques and furniture, most of which has nothing to do with the theatre, as far as I could tell. It was a little boring, but how could we drive so far to Tombstone and not go in?

This is a shot down the main street of Tombstone, in the early afternoon.

Big Nose Kate's Saloon

Big Nose Kate's Saloon, in Tombstone, AZ, was once the Grand Hotel, the original building built in 1881. Among the famous and infamous guests were Lily Langtree, Eddie Foy, The Earps and Doc Holliday, The Clantons, and The McLaurys. On October 25, 1881, the night before the Gunfight at the OK Corral, the Clantons and the McLaurys were guests here. Big Nose Kate is believed to have been the first prostitute in Tombstone. However, her biggest claim to fame was the fact that she was also Doc Holliday's girlfriend. Kate had saved Holliday from the hangman in Fort Griffin, Texas, by breaking him out of jail.

Boothill Graveyard

Tombstone's famous "Boothill Graveyard" was originally plotted in 1878 and was first named "The Tombstone Cemetery". Most of it's occupants suffered violent or un-expected deaths with their boots on, this is the reason why the early pioneers named it Boothill. After the new cemetery was opened up, Boothill Graveyard went neglected. The original grave markers were all made of wood, with painted inscriptions, and withered away under the elements. Some markers were stolen by souvenir hunters. In the 1940's, Emmett Nunnelly, a Tombstone resident, organized and effort to restore the cemetery to its original state. Harry Fulton Ohm, owner of the famous Bird Cage Theatre, donated new steel markers from his plant, which are the same markers that remain today.

Famous Boothill Ghost Photo
I didn't get anything this cool, but you have to go see this photo, it is unbelievable. I was kind of disappointed to see the way they restored the cemetery. Were there really piles of rocks on all of the graves? The yellowish/cream colored metal grave markers (That were added in the 40s) seemed awfully generic. I was really expecting to see a more rustic and authentic looking cemetery, and it now appears more like a tourist site. (I know, that's because it is.) I just prefer to see things left in their natural state, or restored to the way it was.

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