Tombstone AZ

Tombstone AZAllen Street in Tombstone AZ - the main street of town, where most of the action is!

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:

  • Wyatt Earp Days
  • Helldorado Days
  • Vigilante Sundays
  • Wild West Days
  • Border Town Shooting Competition...

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...


Historical Tombstone AZ

Crystal Palace, TombstoneThe Crystal Palace Saloon's Bar - Restored Authenticity!

It's got a nickname - you may have heard of it...

The Town Too Tough to Die...

Tombstone Disasters

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.

Tombstone Origins

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.

Bird Cage Theatre TombstoneWestward view down Allen Street, the historic Bird Cage Theatre is on the SE corner of 6th Street and Allen.

Historical Tombstone Buildings

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!


Finding Tombstone

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.



Tombstone Accommodations

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.

  • All the rooms are non-smoking, but if you must puff - the outdoor patio area is the place. Breakfast is minimal, continental style. If you're a tea-drinker (as I am) - you'll have to pick some up elsewhere! That was my essential complaint! They also have a saloon adjacent.
  • All in all, for the price, and the Allen Street proximity. Yes - on Allen Street, close access to downtown Tombstone AZ - I would recommend it. Give them a call at (520) 457-3847. 
  • If you stay - please mention that we recommended them.

Tombstone Bordello Bed & Breakfast - We stayed here a while back, it was about 2003. We liked it very much then...

  • It had some very interesting and historical qualities. It actually was a bordello, owned by Big Nose Kate! It had previously been on a lot on Eastern Allen Street, where the high school was located - the red light district. 
  • It was moved to this location at the opposite end of Allen Street when the school was built. It's said there are ghosts. I believe there were!
  • When we were there it was up for sale, and we found a couple from England was purchasing it. Meanwhile more recently it was resold to a local. He also owns a nearby RV park.
  • Room rates are from $99 to $115 per night for double or queen bed. Add $15 per extra person in a room, when accommodated. A "miner's cabin" is available at $135 which adds a kitchen. 
  • They get good ratings - and we can certainly recommend the location! We feel the outside detailing doesn't reflect the vintage element as it did when we stayed.
  • Call them for reservations or further details at (520) 457-2394. If you stay - please mention that we recommended them. Also, would you send us a comment on how you liked it!  Go here to let us know>