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Tombstone, Arizona

Living History In Tombstone Arizona

Step back in time… into the old west of today at SilverStone Ranches- the heart and spirit of Tombstone, Arizona. You can own picturesque ranch property, preserved for generations, “where the past is present”.


While prospecting up in the Walaipai country, Ed Schieffelin heard that a group of Walaipai Indians had enlisted as scouts to serve at the new Camp Huachuca. Ed tagged along with the soldiers and scouts thinking it was a good opportunity for prospecting.



                                                            After a few expeditions with the scouts, Ed decided to remain in

                                                            the hills east of the San Pedro River on his own. The hostile area

                                                            led to a soldier’s gloomy prediction that he would find nothing but

                                                            his “tombstone.” Ed prospected with his pick in

                                                            one hand and his rifle in the other keeping a

                                                            watchful eye out for danger.


                                                               Striking silver, he tried to keep things quiet,

                                                               but word of Ed's silver samples eventually

                                                               sparked a mosaic of hundreds of historic

                                                               mining claims spread throughout the





When Ed Schieffelin staked his first claim, he named it “Tombstone.” He also made

claim to Toughnut, Lucky Cuss, and Contention mines. The famous Good Enough Mine

was also one of the mines owned by Ed Schieffelin, the founder of the town in 1879.

The town prospered until 1890.


                                                              Tombstone became a mining boomtown

                                                              where its population grew from 100 to around

                                                              14,000 in less than 7 years. Like any mining

                                                              town it attracted its share of drifters, dance

                                                              hall girls, saloon keepers and gamblers.


                                                              The gentlemen and ladies of

                                                              Tombstone attended operas

                                                              presented by visiting acting

                                                              troupes at the Schieffelin

                                                              Hall Opera House, while

                                                              most of the miners,

                                                              gamblers and cowboys

                                                              preferred entertainment at

                                                              the Bird Cage Theatre, the

                                                              wildest night spot in the







                                                                                                               Cattle stolen from ranches in

                                                                                                               Sonora, Mexico by a loosely

                                                                                                               organized band of American

                                                                                                               outlaws known as “The cowboys”

                                                                                                               who were also associated with

                                                                                                               many stagecoach robberies.

                                                                                                               The members included Billy

                                                                                                               Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury

                                                                                                               and others who created on going

conflicts between the Earp brothers- Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan. Finally the conflicts escalated into a confrontation that turned into a shootout known as the legendary “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” The Wyatt’s, joined by Doc Holliday made history on October 26, 1881. The gunfight left Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton dead and Virgil Earp wounded.


Despite its name, the gunfight actually

occurred in a narrow lot six doors

west of the rear entrance to the O.K.

Corral on Fremont Street.

The gunfight erupted between the two

opposing parties when they were

standing about 6 feet apart.


About thirty shots were fired in thirty

seconds. Ike Clanton filed murder

charges against the Earps and Doc

Holliday but they were eventually

exonerated by a local judge after a

30-day preliminary hearing and then

again by a local grand jury.


On December 28, 1881, Virgil Earp was maimed in an assassination attempt by the outlaw Cowboys, and

on March 18, 1882, they assassinated Morgan Earp. Newly appointed Deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp took matters into his own hands during the Earp Vendetta Ride.



                                  Boothill was the common name for the burial grounds of gunfighters, or those that

                                  died violently.  The early years of Tombstone's Boot Hill Graveyard (1879-1884) was

                                  originally called the "City Cemetery."  After the city built the Tombstone Cemetery

                                  on the west end of Allen Street, the "City Cemetery" was then called the old metery.

                                  Sometime around 1929 people began calling the "Old Cemetery" Boothill Graveyard.


                                  When The Tombstone Epitaph was founded

                                  in 1880, by John Philip Clum he felt the new

                                  journal would be a paper containing Puritan

                                  ethics and the virtues of capitalism. Ethics

                                  were not a part of  Tombstone’s early years

                                  as they were marked by mudslinging,

                                  gunslinging, cattle thieving, stage robberies,

                                  and the devastating effects of flooded mines

                                  and fire that ravaged the town.


                                            Since 1880, The Tombstone Epitaph

                                            newspaper, which covered Wyatt Earp,

                                            Doc Holliday and the Gunfight at the

O. K. Corral has been the voice of the Old West as the oldest continually

published newspaper in Arizona.



The Chrystal Palace, originally known as the Golden Eagle Brewing Company is one of Tombstone's first saloons.


                                                           On June 22, 1881 fire swept

                                                           through the town destroying

                                                           many buildings. During the

                                                           fire a large group of city folk

                                                           joined to form a bucket

                                                           brigade saving the building

                                                           from total destruction. Again,

                                                           on May 26, 1882 the Golden

                                                           Eagle Brewing Company

                                                           was ravaged by fire totally

                                                           destroying the structure.

                                                           The popular saloon was

                                                           quickly rebuilt and the name

                                                           changed to the Crystal Palace



Ed Schieffelin

Founder of Tombstone 1877

Silver Nugget

Good Enough Mine

Tombstone, Arizona

Founded 1879

Bird Cage Theatre

Saloon, Gambling Parlor & Brothel

Wyatt Earp

Virgil Earp

“Doc” Holliday

Morgan Earp

Billy Clanton

Frank McLaury

Tom McLaury

Johnny Ringo

Boothill Graveyard

Gunfighter Burial Grounds

The Tombstone Epitaph

Founded in 1880

Golden Eagle Brewing Company

One of Tombstones Early Saloons

Chrystal Palace

Tombstones Historic Saloon

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