The spirits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Brothers live on in the authentic old west town of Tombstone, home of Boothill Graveyard, the Birdcage Theatre, and the O.K. Corral.
Fan of old Wild West films? Then there’s no doubt you’re already familiar with Tombstone and the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Come walk the wooden boardwalks along the dusty main drag in the real mining town of Tombstone instead of walking in the footsteps of Kurt Russell on some fake Hollywood set. We are looking at you California.
After getting its start as a silver mining claim in the late 1870s, the settlement grew along with its Tough Nut Mine, becoming a bustling boomtown of the Wild West. From opera and theater to dance halls and brothels, Tombstone offered much-needed entertainment to the miners after a long shift in the black underground. In 1886, the mines flooded and hit rock bottom, and the miners moved on to the next town of hope.
But this “Town Too Tough to Die” didn’t earn its nickname name for nothing.
Now a tourist hotspot, you can still hang up your cowboy hat and dust off your chaps in the numerous saloons, restaurants, and shops that line Allen Street – each building with its own story to tell. Begin your tour at the old Tombstone Courthouse, now a museum, and be a part of the action with live reenactments of the shootouts that made the town famous held on every corner – the most notable at the iconic O.K. Corral