History of Tombstone, Arizona

by P-Francone

Tombstone's also known for its humorous epitaphs on the tombstones in the Boohill Cemetery. Even it's local newspaper is called the Tombstone Epitaph.

Tombstone, Arizona was made famous by being a historic mining boomtown in the 1800s and an important center for the Wild West.

Tombstone is perhaps one of the most renowned and recognizable names in the Wild West. In the late 1800s, Ed Schieffelin came out to Camp Huachuca with a party of soldiers with the purpose to leave the fort and prospect for silver. His comrades told him that he’d find his tombstone rather than silver. In 1877 Schieffelin named his claim Tombstone as a way to prove his detractors wrong. Soon after Tombstone became a boomtown, and became the village of gunfights and whiskey, dusty streets and cowboys.

Tombstone has also been the set for many movies, including Sheriff of Tombstone (1941), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Tombstone (1993) and Wyatt Earp (1994). Several television shows have also been based in the western town, and many songs, including ones by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash have been written about it also.

Tombstone’s official slogan is “The Town Too Tough to Die”, as it will continue to be forever.

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