The Stuff of Notorious Wild West Legends: Tombstone AZ


By: Lindsey Hogan Sex, money and fame- Tombstone AZ had it all until it literally went down in flames…and then figuratively...

By: Lindsey Hogan

O.K. Corral

Sex, money and fame- Tombstone AZ had it all until it literally went down in flames…and then figuratively went down in flames. Tombstone is the stuff of old wild west legends. In its heyday in the 1870s, it was a mining town that produced the largest amount of silver bullion in Arizona- worth millions.  And with fame and riches came wild behavior- not to mention lots of tension. One of Tombstone’s most famous shootouts was between the The Earp Brothers and The Cowboys. You may have heard of it- the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Boot Hill Cemetery

Then, in the 1880s, the shoddily made mining equipment sparked up in flames. It nearly destroyed every building standing and rendered Tombstone a ghost town. But, one of the most notorious streets in the old wild west, Allen St., is still alive and well today in the town. You can still visit Boot Hill Cemetery where Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury, and Billy Clanton were buried, unfortunate causalities of the O.K. Corral shootout. They are among 300 others buried there, most of whom were outlaws. If you’re interested in ghost hunting, this could definitely be one for the books! There’s also Schieffelin Mine, which is the original mine that started the buzz about Tombstone. You can actually go down into the mine- don’t worry, it’s safe! The fire only destroyed the surrounding flammable buildings.

 

Lindsey loves ghost towns, history and ghost hunting! Find her on Pinterest.

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