Please consider donating to Ghost Towns of Arizona Search Ghost Towns of Arizona
Follow Us on Facebook
Watch Us on YouTube
Watch Us on Vimeo
Follow us on Twitter
Panoramio - Photos of the World

Historic Sites, Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone
We re-visited tombstone this past November and stayed in a nice bed and breakfast which gave us more time to explore tombstone and the ghost towns in the area. The town was kind of slow for winter which really surprises me, maybe due to the economy.

History:
Tombstone was founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin in what was then Pima County, Arizona Territory. It was one of the last wide-open frontier boomtowns in the American Old West. From about 1877 to 1890, the town's mines produced USD $40 to $85 million in silver bullion, the largest productive silver district in Arizona. Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than 7 years. In 1881, it became the county seat of the new Cochise County.

Far distant from any other metropolitan city, by mid-1881 Tombstone boasted a bowling alley, four churches, an ice house, a school, two banks, three newspapers, and an ice cream parlor, alongside 110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dancing halls and brothels. All of these were situated among and on top of a large number of dirty, hardscrabble mines. The gentlemen and ladies of Tombstone attended operas presented by visiting acting troupes at the Schieffelin Hall opera house, while the miners and cowboys saw shows at the Bird Cage Theatre, "the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast."

Current Day:
Tombstone was saved from becoming a ghost town partly because it remained the Cochise County seat until 1929, when county residents voted to move county offices to nearby Bisbee. The classic Cochise County Courthouse and adjacent gallows yard in Tombstone are preserved as a museum.

Read More...

GPS Directions
Location Data
Date: 11.05.2011
Temp: 52°
Elevation: 4580 ft
Latitude: 31.71352
Longitude: -110.071873


Credits

Historic Photography:
U.S. Department of the Interior, photo #48-RST-3A-14
Home | Abandoned Places | Ghost Towns | Mining Towns | Cemeteries | Indian Ruins | Historic Sites | Missions & Churches | Oddities | Caves | GPS Maps | Search
© Copyright 2008 - GhostTownAZ. All Rights Reserved   |   cc-nc-3.0 | Privacy Policy
Site Designed By: Nerdmecca