We love Tombstone, AZ!
Its authentic old West history, its preservation of that history. Its small town flavor. Its attraction of visitors from all over the world - meeting and getting the chance to interact with them! All this is so very cool to us!!
We loved it so much, we moved here when we retired from our full-time jobs! Now we go downtown regularly. It's in walking distance for us!
People love coming to the special events over a weekend:
and many more, including holiday events! These festivities bring even more activities and exciting things to see and do...
Come on over - and join the action! Join in on the fun! Lots of family friendly - and adult-related activities to be had!
If you see us - be sure to say hello!
As Arizona residents, and Tombstone AZ regulars - we can fill you in on helpful hints to what we, what "locals" love to see and do!
Maybe you'll love it too. We can steer you through the maze of touristy stuff! Check it out...
It's got a nickname - you may have heard of it...
The Town Too Tough to Die...
One reason for this nickname is its survival over the years. There was an earthquake with an epicenter in Sonora Mexico which affected the area. [Get all the details with a historical download available: click here> ]
The earthquake noted above happened on May 3, 1887. The ground shaking lasted a little over half a minute! It startled residents in the early afternoon.
Some Tombstone buildings received minor damage. They escaped and lived on! Yet in other nearby towns such as Charleston and St. David, buildings collapsed. They became so damaged they weren't worth repairing. In fact, that was the beginning of Charleston as an Arizona ghost town! All of the residents relocated to Tombstone.
2 major fires also occurred, which burnt down much of its wooden structured town center! At 2 different times... June 22, 1881 and then again on May 25, 1882. Each time the town was rebuilt.
Ed Schieffelin is known as the founder of Tombstone AZ. An Army Scout, he was stationed at Fort Huachuca. That's 23 miles to the West. Schieffelin was interested in a different type of scouting for himself. He spent his own time searching out likely sweet spots for ore mining.
A friend noticed he was roaming the area of Tombstone's current location. He's said to have stated to Ed, "The only rock you will find out there is your own Tombstone."
Ed hiked through a dry wash on a mesa in the area. There he found a piece of silver! He searched out where it had come from, and staked a claim.
He saw it suitable, if not ironic, to name the claim with his friend's prediction in mind - Tombstone!
It ended up as the most valuable silver ore strike in the Arizona territory. Its discovery drew people in. Soon there was a village of tent cabins. New settlers wanted to find that claim of their own. Or build upon a town growing as a result of newfound silver wealth!
You can drive to Ed's monument to Ed. It's a 3 mile drive West of town, out Allen St. It's suitably called the Ed Schieffelin Monument. It's also his grave-site. He'd requested in his will to be buried in Tombstone AZ, in the clothes of a miner. He'd died on May 12, 1987 in Oregon. After his will's reading he had to be re-interred in Tombstone per his own wishes.
The Bird Cage Theatre is one of the authentic historical locations in Tombstone AZ. Since the two major fires burned much of the town's buildings, not too much of historical value has survived. This is one building that's done so.
Opened for business on Christmas Day of 1881, it stayed open every hour! Day and night, all the action was there - until it closed in 1889.
Its business was noted on the billing: showing of theatrical performances. Within its doors were continuous forms of other entertainment. Patrons could partake in gambling, saloon drinking - and if desired, have the company of its working ladies.
The ladies entertained their customers in upstairs compartments, reminiscent of cages. Hence the Bird Cage name. Curtains decorated the front. The ladies seductively enticed visitors to come visit. They'd then close the curtains for private moments.
After a year in business, its reputation spread. Local proper women wouldn't even walk on the street in front of it. The New York Times reported it as "the wildest wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast."
You can tour its many, many historical artifacts left-over from its working days. Some say there are ghosts that haunt its rooms. It's a must see on anyone's trip to Tombstone AZ!
Located in the Southeastern corner of the state, Tombstone AZ is a small community. There are no traffic lights.
The main street, downtown - Allen Street - is closed off to regular traffic between 3rd Street and 6th Street. However, you can drive North and South on 4th and 5th Streets.
The major Interstate to plan your route is via I-10. Depending on where you're coming from, it's best to consult a map. From Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff - you'll be traveling Southward. You'll take I-10 East. From New Mexico you'll be going West on I-10.
From the San Diego area of California you'd travel East on I-8 to intersect with I-10 East. From the rest of California, directly take I-10 East or I-40 East to eventually make your way to I-10.
The Exit off I-10 is #303 from the West, or #304 from the East. Arizona 80 will take you straight to Tombstone.
We have stayed in assorted places when we've made trips to Tombstone AZ - before moving here. Some for their very unique and/or historical aspect. Some for their deluxe comforts. Others for easy access to town. Occasionally for bargain rates.
Always essential for a clean, comfortable place to stay. Here are some tips for you on those spots...
Crazy Annie's Bordello Bed & Breakfast - Quite comfortable, with terrific rates. The rooms are a little small, but have a roomy bathroom. There's a small fridge and microwave, plus coffee-maker. The bed we had in the Faro Nell room was very comfy-cozy. The room tucks in a few amenity treats for you as well.
Tombstone Bordello Bed & Breakfast - We stayed here a while back, it was about 2003. We liked it very much then...