Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tombstone, Arizona

For Thanksgiving, Dave and I went to Tombstone, Arizona.  The movie Tombstone is pretty historically accurate.  Tombstone was a boom town in the 1880s because of silver mining.  Now, it is a small town with  many tourist.  We arrived on Thanksgiving Day and the entire town was closed except for one museum at the courthouse, a gunfight, two bars, and a gas station.  At least we were able to get good pictures of the town without any people in them.  We really felt like we stepped back into the 1880s!  Friday, all the shops, museums, and gunfights were open and the town was very busy.  If you enjoy the movie, you would love visiting Tombstone.  If you ever find me missing from home, I might be hiding in Tombstone waiting tables!

The main street in Tombstone that was rebuilt to look like life in the 1880s.
We watched a funny, cheesy gunfight in Helldorado Town!

One of the highlights of our trip was going in the Bird Cage Theatre!  It is one of four buildings that are orginal from the 19th century, the other buildings burned.  The doors were shut in 1889 and and reopened in 1934.  Everything inside was untouched and we saw the actual tables that Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday gambled on!  142 bullet holes are still showing throughout the theatre.  Imagine life in these times! 
the original Bird Cage Theatre

Friday, we saw a second gunfight reenacting the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Dave at the O.K. Corral

Several stagecoaches are available to drive you around town.

On Friday, the restarants were open again so we had lunch and dinner at two different saloons.  The servers and bartenders dress in 1880s attire.  "Wyatt Earp" sat at the table behind us at dinner while we enjoyed a live band!
Big Nose Kate Saloon
The characters also walk around town in costume!


Austin said...

Neat! Leigh and I watched Tombstone just a few weeks ago and were wondering what the town was like today. We will have to make a trip!

Lisa Resnick said...

Thanks again for this post

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