Tombstone was christened by Ed Schieffelin - a prospector who called his silver claim and the camp that grew up around it after what he was told was the only stone he might find if he went "looking for stones" in Apache territory. He founded it in 1877, by 1879 it had 40 cabins and a 100 people. Two years later it had 5,000 people as the mining camp grew. It developed a reputation as a place of complete lawlessness and violence.
Tombstone has certainly been a very popular place in film history with four films made about it, its inhabitants (Marshall Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons) and the fabled gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881 (it's the 125th anniversary this year) - see the links below.
- A resume of the various clashes associated with the Earps and Clantons can be found here.
- Archived extracts from the Tombstone Epitaph (the local paper - what else!) and photos can be seen here.
- Tombstone is also now a registered historic landmark and
- the Courthouse has become the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
We finished the evening with a visit to Big Nose Kate's Saloon and stroll around Tombstone, which is when I snapped some of the modern day cowboys exiting one of the local saloons.
|The sign at the OK Corral|
- The City of Tombstone official website
- My Darling Clementine (1946 Directed by John Ford. Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp)
- Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957 Directed by John Sturges. Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp)
- Tombstone (1993 Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp)
- Wyatt Earp (1994 Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Kevin Costner as Wyatt Earp)
- Tombstone 1880 - archives
- Trip Adviser - Tombstone