Tombstone, Arizona – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

 

This past weekend, my wife and I did a road trip to Tombstone, Arizona with our oldest daughter and her husband. The four of us have been talking about going down to Tombstone for well over a year, as three out of the four of us had never been there. Tombstone is located in the southeast corner of Arizona and is about a 3.5 hour drive from where we live. We headed out early Saturday morning and spent well into the evening exploring Tombstone. I have to say even though it is a tourist town, I loved it. I like history and grew up hearing about the infamous shoot-out at the OK Corral and watched tons of westerns on TV and in the movies. There is something untamed about the US Wild West in that era and Tombstone epitomizes it.


 

Upon arriving, we found parking near the old Cochise County Courthouse, which was built in 1882. I love the architecture of the structure as it has been refurbished back to its original glory and now serves as a museum.

Tombstone 1

Tombstone 1


 

While I was taking the first shot, I couldn’t help but notice the stagecoach coming down the street. As it turns out this was one of the many we would see throughout the day.

Tombstone 2

Tombstone 2


 

I love the look of a stagecoach and couldn’t stop taking enough pictures. Can you imagine what it would have been like traveling cross-country in one of these? I remember cars before air conditioning and I thought that was tough…..

Tombstone 3

Tombstone 3

Tombstone 4

Tombstone 4

Tombstone 5

Tombstone 5


 

We wandered down Allen Street where most of the activity is. There are a number of great restaurants and bars up and down the street. This shot depicts the characters that re-enact the shoot-out at the OK Corral in the middle of the street drumming up business for the next show. It worked for us and off to the OK Corral we went.

Tombstone 6

Tombstone 6


 

The show was good and the actors interacted with the audience while really giving us a true history lesson and not just the Hollywood version. After the shoot-out, we wandered around the corral, which housed a number of historic recreations and exhibits. The row of adobe stalls lining one side of the facility (remember, it was a corral originally with numerous animals) caught my attention.

Tombstone 7

Tombstone 7


 

Each stall houses historic items such as these old carriages.

Tombstone 8

Tombstone 8


 

Back to Allen Street where we came across “Old Miners” drumming up business for the next “Tough Nut” mine tour. The Tough Nut mine is the original mine in the area where a large silver vein was discovered. Soon there were numerous mining claims close by, leading to the need for a town. In the vicinity of the mine tour, I couldn’t resist taking a shot of one of the many “brothels” that were popular at the peak of activity. Most of them were either tents or these wooden shacks, just large enough for a bed and little else.

Tombstone 9

Tombstone 9


 

The town is considered the best-preserved “Old West” town and the locals embrace the major industry, which is now tourism. Everyone is very friendly and they dress in the attire of that era adding even more to the flavor of the experience. That was a full Saturday for us and we had a full Sunday ahead at The Biosphere 2, but that’s another blog…….stay tuned!!

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26 thoughts on “Tombstone, Arizona – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

  1. Josh Wrenn

    Would love to go there. We had Virginia City, nearby which is similar, but there wasn’t the big historical Hollywood glorified early gang war taking place there. But it is also a well-preserved old west town.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I love the old west towns…even ghost towns…I was truly pleasantly surprised how much history of Tombstone has been preserved and the pride of the locals in their history…thanks for stopping by Josh!!

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  2. Sue Slaght

    Thanks for the tour of Tombstone Kirt. I have heard that it is a very authentic spot ot visit and others who felt it was a tourist trap. Seems that you found the day most enjoyable!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      We had a great time and it was also our first time in the Tuscon area…imagine, but we tend to go north from Phoenix to the mountains and fir trees…loved the whole weekend. I know you have friends in Tuscon…have you ever been to Biosphere 2? We did that Sunday….really impressed…

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      1. Sue Slaght

        No we haven’t been and didn’t go to Tuscon this winter as our friends came with us to Australia and Fiji instead. Another time we will have to check it out.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Heh…it introduced us to Southeast Arizona and due to someone taking the wrong highway home (mistakes happen) a lot of eastern Arizona…the good news is (and I knew this of northern Arizona)…it’s not all flat desert like Phoenix 🙂

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  3. Jet Eliot

    I visited Tombstone over 30 yrs ago on a family trip, it has become more sophisticated since then. Looks like a great day for you and your family, Kirt, and Tombstone sure gives their visitors a wonderful show. Thanks for sharing your day with us, the photos are great.

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  4. Darlene

    I loved Tombstone when we visited there a few years back. The costumes and enactments really gave the place an authentic wild west flavour. My favourite part was the graveyard. I am always fascinated by old graveyards and this one was very interesting.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Darlene!!! We totally missed stopping by the graveyard….saw it coming into town but by the time we left it was dark and too late to stop by

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  5. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Cool! There something fun about going to places you’ve read about or seen in movies. We traveled the West a lot when we were kids (no AC…wet washrags on face and open windows can just do so much….and we learned to travel desert areas very early) I think we visited that buggy shed. Travel was much more demanding then…people less demanding and more hardy?
    Loved traveling along with you

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much!!! I grew up in Iowa and my moms brother and his family lived in LA….so about every other year they would load us kids into the station wagon and we do a big camping trip to and from la….before ac in cars….windows down and off we went! Of course it was always in August😀

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  6. Sartenada

    Thank You for this gorgeous post. There was little coincidence when I read today at coffee table old magazine called Arizona Highways from 1969. There was a photo from the boot hill in Tombstone. Does it exist yet today, any idea?

    Regards from Finland.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Yes boothill does still exist just outside of town!!!thank you for your kind words and for stopping by…..my grandfather use to subscribe to Arizona Highways back in that time frame….I grew up no where near Arizona and remember the photos from that magazine….never thought I would end up living here😀

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