Yes, that’s right. This town claims the title “too tough to die”. Tombstone, Arizona. It rose as a boom town during the heyday of mining in the United States. In the 1870s and 1880s…Tombstone came to fame as silver was discovered, and later as the site of the infamous 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral. You can still tour the site of the gunfight, which is tucked away behind a wooden fence. You can also tour Boothill Graveyard, the most famous graveyard of the American West and permanent home to those killed at the OK Corral.
Wyatt Earp, along with with his brothers, killed the McLearys and Clantons at the OK Corral. Every Memorial Day, the town holds Wyatt Earp Days, a special celebration and re-enactment of sorts. Is it locals that dress in period attire and re-enact a hanging? The skit was a little corny, but it kept the crowd entertained. I was enthralled by the costumes. Society women, lawmen, women of the night, cowboys. At one point, I really felt that I was back in the 1880s.
Tombstone, which was once one of the largest settlements between St. Louis and San Francisco, should have died after the silver mines went bust. But it was too tough to die, and survives today. I enjoyed walking the wooden sidewalks, browsing the shops which greeted me behind wooden storefronts, and buying some special silver jewelry.