Tombstone

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tombstone, "The
Town too Tough to Die"
Ever heard of Wyatt Earp? If the answer is yes, you've probably heard of Tombstone.

American heritage is shocking, everything dates back to the 1800's. Civilisation in the states is not documented at all like Europe. We have thousands of years of history and America has very little.

Tombstone was founded by some bloke called Ed Schieffelin. He came to Camp Huachuca with a party of soldiers and left the fort to hopefully prospect. His mucker g's told him that he'd find his tombstone rather than silver. So in 1877, he named his first claim the Tombstone.
It's 1 of the most renownded mining camps in Arizona. It didn't take long for word to spread about the rich strikes they had and they suceeded in making Tombstone a boomtown.
Over the course of 7 years the mines produced millions of
dollars in silver and gold before rising underground waters forced
suspension of operations.


Days
of lawlessness and violence, which nearly had then-President Chester A.
Arthur declaring martial law in Tombstone and sending in military
troops to restore order, climaxed with the infamous Earp-Clanton
battle, fought near the rear entrance of the O.K. Corral, on October
26, 1881.And that's why I'm here. Tourism is the
primary industry in Tombstone, enjoying over 400,000 visitors each year. Tourism is great but I wasn't expecting the town to be littered with merchandise. Where you expect to see a well preserved blood stain on the floor from a gun fight, a stupid shop with hats and what not stands.The road is still a sandy track but in my opinion the town has been ruined. I want to see old unrenovated buildings that demonstrates and gives a great impression of what it was like back then. Instead it's been heavily commercialised and thus ruined.The Crystal Palace saloon was renowned as 1 of the most luxurious saloons in the West, it still has the same wooden bar from back then and I got to sit down at it and enjoy a pint where 1 day, Earp and his brothers most likely sat at 1 point.The town also has gunshows, stage coaches and wagon tours but it's hardly an Oscar winning performance so I wouldn't bother.Boothill graveyard was quite special though. It was founded in 1878 on a slight hill just North West of the city. The cemetary was the burial ground for all of Tombstones earliest pioneers. It was called Boothill cos many of the graves were filled with people that died suddenly or violently with their boots on. Some 250 known people were buried in Boothill before it closed in 1884.There could be all kinds of well established people from that day and age buried in Boothill but because no-one had ID back then, it was left to people to be identified by friends or family.I did enjoy my visit to Tombstone but like many tourist attractions today, commercialism has played a part in ruining some remarkable history.
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SnowJo on

You should have visited the Good Enough mine...this was where the silver was actually mined, and there's nothing 'touristy' about 'minding your head' while you follow your guide through the labyrinth of hand-hewn tunnels, seeing first-hand how the silver was mined. Being down in the mine gave us a sense of the real history of Tombstone; we felt like we had the edge over the tourists who never left Allen Street.

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