The Town Too Tough To Die - Tombstone

Tombstone Travel Blog

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Hollywood has done a great job relieving the history of this little yet legendary town. Roughly an hour or so drive from Tucson arriving into this little town, the first welcome you get is this huge sign of the movie "TOMBSTONE". From the history that the horsemen in Tombstone tell, one can vividly imagine the violence and luck of law enforcement that the town of Tombstone is now popular for. Tourists flock there by the thousands to praise the murderers more than to pay homage to those whose lives were so brutally taken. What stroke me as peculiar when I first visited Tombstone, was the fact that the whole down is built around this one main street, lol!

The history and heritage that this town has however, is worth mentioning. It has western styled buildings and traditions kept intact and many are shown in many museums.

From what I gathered, tourism is the leading economic activity of this legendary town. An estimated three hundred thousand to four hundred thousand visitors go to Tombstone annually from all over the world. Judging from the people I saw while I was there and the popularity of the movie "tombstone" I can surely say the tourism industry in Tombstone is yet to explode to unimaginable heights.

GUNFIGHT SHOWS: You must go to the gunfight show when you visit Tombstone. The actors at the OK Corral relieve the life of the sheriffs and of the people and how lawlessness lead to so many deaths, thus the number of tombs in Tombstone, lol!! Whatt Earp sprawls the streets to ensure law and order, great photo opportunity of with the acclaimed law and order man of Tombstone. I was not privilege in this occasion to take a photo with the actors.

STAGEWAGON TOURS: This was my favorite part of the visit to Tombstone. I have been there 3 times and each time, I take the tour - I can almost hear the drivers re-telling the history live they were present at the time of the murders and lawlessness in the 1800s.

Entertainment at BIG NOSE KATE’s is a highlight as far as bar entertainment is concerned. I had a bloody Mary the first time and the second time I had "Sex in the desert". To keep the secret of this drink sacred, I will not go in to the details of what is included in it, but I will tell you that you most certainly want to take your companion with ya, lol!

For more information on Tombstone, you can visit the official town website by going to www.cityoftombstone.com O' I also recommend that you buy or rent the movie "tombstone" you will enjoy every bit of it if you have never seen it. Other sites I recommend include www.americanwest.com and www.ok-corral.com

Update: Another visit to Tombstone with my Canadian travbuddy Michael (www.travbuddy.com/grant1917) today November 29, 2008. Always a pleasure returning to this great tourist town

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Tombstone Court House
Tombstone Court House
Desire by the stage coach
Desire by the stage coach
The musical clown, Desire loved th…
The musical clown, Desire loved t…
Riding the stage coach
Riding the stage coach
By the OK Corral waiting to go in …
By the OK Corral waiting to go in…
Inside the OK Corral with the acto…
Inside the OK Corral with the act…
Jerry and I
Jerry and I
Jerry, Me and Desire
Jerry, Me and Desire
Tombstone
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