History of Tombstone

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Heidi Reichling


A History Of Tombstone, Arizona.


Tombstone is a town in the southern part of Arizona. You could’ve heard about Tombstone from the famous gunfight supposedly at the O.K. Corral. The fight is not the only thing that happened at Tombstone though.

A prospector named Ed Schieffelin, in 1877, founded Tombstone.  Ed found silver, and he named his first mine Tombstone.  Why did he want to name it Tombstone? He called his mine Tombstone after some taunts that his co-workers had made, they had said, “The only stone you’ll find out there is your Tombstone”.

Word traveled fast about his mine. Soon many important people were cramming into the small little town, making it grow and grow. The mine drew so many people, that Tombstone was said to be the fastest growing city between St. Louis and San Francisco.

During this time, there were many schools, churches, newspapers, pools, and over a hundred saloons in Tombstone. Some of them are still be standing today. One of the first pools in Arizona was in Tombstone; it is still there today.

There were also a few theaters; the most famous theaters were Schieffelin Hall and the Bird Cage Theater. Schieffelin Hall was where the “respectable people” went. Scheffelin was also to be used as a theater, recital hall, and a meeting place for the citizens. It is also the largest standing adobe structure in the Southwest United States.

The Bird Cage Theater was the “other” theater in town. People say that no self-respecting woman would walk on the same side of the street as the Bird Cage. The Bird Cage Theater was a saloon, gambling hall, brothel, and of course, a theater. The Bird Cage Theater was a very wild place, there is supposed to be about 140 bullet holes from its wild days.  Now, it has been transformed into a museum about the old Bird Cage. It is open to the public. If you choose to visit, look for the bullet holes, you can still see them.

Tombstone as I told you, has had a gunfight. The men who were killed, Frank Mclaury, Tom Mclaury, and Billy Clanton were all killed on a vacant lot NEXT to the O.K. Corral. Two of these men were “cowboys”, a loose confederation of cattle rustlers and ranchers. You can see their graves in the Boothill Graveyard.

Eventually, the mining in Tombstone came to an end. The mines became flooded with water, the town tried to keep it pumped out but it became too costly, even for tombstone.

Who knows, there might still be silver down there!

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