SHOW DOWN AT THE *OK CORRAL*
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November 8th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
ARE WE IN THE WILD WILD WEST?!?!?!
OMG my allergies. There was dust everywhere. I was dying. We walk around until it was lunch time. We all met up with the rest of the group. Some of the group went on a stage coach ride while me and the others walked around Tombstone. I have be sitting for the past 2hrs I wanted to walk around. I saw something that caught my eye. 2 skeletons at the tombstone tour, I took silly photos with them and I dragged erin with me to take more photos with it. it was a chaotic paparazzi photo shot with it.
We all met up with the others to have lunch at Longhorn restaurant.
While everybody was taking their order Harriet, Tim and I went to shop for the “most further TB” award shirt. This was Harriet’s plan to rather buy it here. We finally found the shirt it was a brown ugly shirt. Harriet was wondering why it was not pink.
Of course, we all took many photos of everybody. I was taking photos of my lunch of course. GOOD GOD erin ordered a huge hot dog, it was about 12in. and thick that everybody was taking photos of and Jim called it a “HOME WRECKER” HAHHAHAHAHA
I sat in the other side of the table to talk to other TBs. I only said a few words to lani (nukefamily). I had small talk with Megan (meemer82) and Dante (Intacto), they are good peeps.
GOOD GOD again I felt bad for the victims who we pick to take our group photos. you will bombarded with no only 1 not 3 not 5 but 8 cameras!!!!! We are so grateful for supporting our photo madness. HAHAHAHA.
Afterward, we wanted to check out the gun fight show at the six gun city. Which I thought it was the gun fight against Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. It wasn’t and I was bummed. it was too late to get a refund. Melissa went for a walk and I joined with the others. It was cool show over all. I would have rather watched the “OK CORRAL GUN FIGHT” show. It lasted an hour. Erin, Brett, and Tim wanted to go to the historical spot where the real gun flight was held.
Afterward, we all jumped in the car and I followed Nate and Krsyta to Bisbee. I lost them on the way but I can catch up with them.
MORE TO ADD LATER AS I REMEMBER….MORE FROM ERIN’S BLOG, HARRIET’S BLOG, BRETT'S BLOG, KEITH'S BLOG, LIZ'S BLOG, ADRIAN'S BLOG, DONNY'S BLOG, AND ROSIE’S BLOG.
HISTORY OF TOMBSTONE
Tombstone is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin in what was then the Arizona Territory. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 1,569, a decline from its early years.
Gunfight at the OK Corral
After the Cowboys had threatened to kill Wyatt, Morgan, Virgil, and Doc if they didn't get out of Tombstone, the whole town watched to see the outcome. They knew that the Earps and Doc would not run. On October 26, 1881, Virgil received word that the Cowboys were gathering at the O.K. Corral, and that they were armed, which was against city law.
Less than thirty seconds after the opening shot, three men lay dead and three were wounded. Doc had shot each of the dead cowboys at least once. Virgil had been shot in the leg and Morgan through both shoulders. Only Wyatt Earp has survived the fight untouched.
n the summer of 1877 prospector Ed Schieffelin was working the hills east of the San Pedro River in the southeast portion of the Arizona Territory, when he came across a vein of very rich silver ore in a high plateau called Goose Flats. When Schieffelin filed his mining claim he named it "The Tombstone", after a warning given him by a passing soldier. While telling the soldier about his rock collecting experiences, the soldier told him that the only rock he was likely to collect among the waterless hills and warring Apaches of the area would be his own tombstone.
The town of Tombstone was founded in 1879, taking its name from the mining claim, and soon became a boomtown. Fueled by mineral wealth, Tombstone was a city of 1000 by the beginning of 1881, and within another year Tombstone had become the seat of a new county (Cochise County) with a population between 5,000 and 15,000, and services including refrigeration (with ice cream and later even ice skating), running water, telegraph and limited telephone service.
Without railroad access the increasingly sophisticated Tombstone was relatively isolated, deep in a Federal territory that was largely unpopulated desert and wilderness. Tombstone and its surrounding countryside also became known as one of the deadliest regions in the West. Uncivilized southern gangs from the surrounding countryside, known as "cow-boys", were at odds with the northern capitalists and immigrant miners who ran the city and mines. On October 26, 1881 this situation famously exploded in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, leading to a continued family and political feud that resulted in multiple deaths.
Speculation was common that Tombstone would become a powerful metropolis.
Since Tombstone was in the desert, a company built a pipeline to supply the town with water. No sooner was this pipeline built than Tombstone's silver mines struck water.
As a result of relative lack of water and quick wooden construction, Tombstone experienced major fires in June 1881 and May 1882. The second fire was particularly destructive and signaled the end of the classic old boomtown mining city. After the mid-1880s, when the silver mines had been tapped out, the main pump failed, causing many mines to be flooded with deep groundwater, and Tombstone declined rapidly. The U.S. census found it had fewer than 1900 residents in 1890, and fewer than 700 residents in 1900.
The 1900 census was a minimum, however, and Tombstone was saved from becoming a ghost town after the decline of silver mining, partly by its status as the Cochise County seat.
Tombstone is home to perhaps the most famous graveyard of the Old West, Boot Hill. Buried at the site are various victims of violence and disease in Tombstone's early years, including those from the O.K. Corral. Boot Hill (also known as the old city cemetery) was also the destination for bad-men and those lynched or legally hanged in Tombstone. Admission to this historic site is free and donations are accepted.
The lot in which the historic gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred in 1881 is also preserved, but this has been walled off, and admission is charged. However, since much of this streetfight occurred in Tombstone's Fremont Street (modern Highway 80), much of this site is also viewable without admission charge.
According to Guinness, the world's largest rosebush was planted in Tombstone in 1885 and still flourishes today in the city's sunny climate. This Lady Banksia rose now covers 8,000 square feet (740 m2) of the roof on an inn, and has a 12-foot (3.7 m) circumference trunk.
Currently, tourism and western memorabilia are the main commercial enterprises; a July 2005 CNN article notes that Tombstone receives approximately 450,000 tourist visitors each year. This is about 300 tourists/year for each permanent resident. In contrast to its heyday, when it featured saloons open 24 hours and numerous houses of prostitution, Tombstone is now a staid community with few businesses open late.
The Tombstone Historic District is a National Historic Landmark District. The town's focus on tourism has threatened the town's designation as a National Historic Landmark District, a designation it earned in 1961 as "one of the best preserved specimens of the rugged frontier town of the 1870s and '80s.
* Placing "historic" dates on new buildings
* Failing to distinguish new construction from historic structures
* Covering authentic historic elevations with inappropriate materials
* Replacing historic features instead of repairing them
* Replacing missing historic features with conjectural and unsubstantiated materials
* Building incompatible additions to existing historic structures and new incompatible buildings within the historic district
* Using illuminated signage, including blinking lights surrounding historic signs
* Installing hitching rails and Spanish tile-covered store porches when such architectural features never existed within Tombstone.
Tombstone in popular culture
* In the 1966 Doctor Who episode The Gunfighters the TARDIS arrives on the day of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
* In the Star Trek episode Spectre of the Gun an alien race, the Melkotians, imprison various crew members in an illusion that is Tombstone, Arizona, on the day of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
* Tombstone has lent its name to many Western movies over the years, including but not limited to Sheriff of Tombstone (1941), Bad Men of Tombstone (1949), Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958), Five Guns to Tombstone (1960), and Tombstone (1993).
* Tombstone frozen pizza uses a desert scene and cactus in its logo that are obviously intended to remind the buyer of the southwestern desert, and by extension the town of Tombstone.
* The Brazilian countrycore quartet Matanza have a song named Tombstone City.
* Singer/songwriter Carl Perkins wrote a song titled "The Ballad Of Boot Hill", which focused on Billy Clanton's role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It was recorded by Johnny Cash for his 1965 Columbia Records album Sings the Ballads of the True West.
* Annual Cultural Reenactment: Helldorado is Tombstone's oldest festival celebrating its rip-roaring days of the 1880s. Started in 1929, the festival is now sponsored by Helldorado, Inc. whose membership is composed of residents in Cochise County. Helldorado is held on the third weekend of every October (loosely corresponding to the date of the O.K. Corral gunfight) and consists of gunfight reenactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and a family-oriented carnival.
* Tombstone's Main Event: A Tragedy At The OK Corral (2007), a stageplay by Stephen Keith presents the cowboys' perspective of the events leading up to the shootout and is presented inside the actual OK Corral.
TOMBSTONE Arizona is a sim in the popular 3D world of Second Life. The buildings in the sim are based on the actual buildings. It is a roleplay sim and is set in 1898.
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