Tombstone, Arizona neon
Tombstone, Arizona, famous for it’s authentic western town, is also well known because of it’s famous graveyard: Boot Hill. In the old west, after a shootout in town, the body of the man with the slowest draw of his Colt was buried in the town’s local graveyard. The location of the graveyard was usually at the nearest hill overlooking the town. These graveyards were nicknamed Boot Hill, presumably because many were buried still wearing their boots. You can tour the graveyard for $3.
In 1878 prospector Ed Schieffelin discovered silver in the central San Pedro Valley and the rush was on. Schiefflin named his first mining claim TOMBSTONE. Word spread about the southern Arizona silver strike and soon prospectors, cowboys, homesteaders, lawyers, speculators, gunmen, soiled doves and business people flocked to the area in droves.
The Larian Motel, one of the oldest in the town of Tombstone, was built in 1957 and has operated as a motel ever since.
A town site was laid out on the nearest level spot to the mines, known at that time as Goose Flats, and the town was named after the first mine. The valley was also the ancestral home of the great Apache Nation, giving birth to such great Apache warriors as Cochise and Geronimo. Today it is home to the ruins of Ft. Bowie at Apache Pass, as well as Ft. Huachuca since 1877 and Bisbee, an historic copper and turquoise mining town.
Tombstone has been home to such colorful citizens such as the Earps, Clantons and McLaurys, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson and Texas John Slaughter to name a few. Other western towns can only hope to mimic the authenticity of this town, which all by itself it became an open air Western museum.
Tombstone is home to around 1270 year round residents who enjoy the climate that Cochise County’s high desert has to offer and who believe in preserving the history and heritage of the West.
The Tombstone SageBrush Inn, built on this quiet side street in January of 1947, was positioned to offer guests a spectacular view of the rugged Dragoon Mountains. Such movie legends as John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Glen Ford and Hugh O’Brain enjoyed staying at this historic motel.
Comedy Plus Wordless Wednesday photo challenge
Ryan Photography photo challenge: pink (see the pink hat below the Larian Motel sign, the one with the arrow through it)
Kammie’s Oddball Photo challenge: the graveyard is oddball