Tombstone, Arizona is an authentic 1880's western town. Unlike some towns that are recreated to look western, the buildings in Tombstone are the originals and the locals are proud to preserve the heritage of the Wild West. The merchants run their stores in their western wear, and actors playing the parts of famous locals stroll around Allen Street between shows.
Tombstone's most famous characters are the men involved in the OK Corral gun fight on October 26, 1881. The lawmen Virgil, Morgan, and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday faced off against outlaws Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton. The entire fight lasted less than 30 seconds, but left all three outlaws dead and two of the lawmen injured. Tombstone does three recreations of the fight daily at the OK Corral, and my group and I hit the afternoon show to introduce ourselves to the town. It was a great show, and the narration and crowd participation made for some good laughs. After the show we checked out the museum and then headed out on the town.
There are old time stage coaches roaming up and down the street in front of famous sites like the Bird Cage Theater, where ghost hunters come from all over the world to go searching for lost souls. Saloons like Big Nose Kate's and Doc Holliday's have bar maids dressed as western saloon girls that call out at passersby, and at the outskirts of town the Boothill cemetery is where people can visit the grave sites of those in the wild west that died "with their boots on."
We decided to get into the theme ourselves and got dressed up for some old fashioned photos. We all got to pick a theme—like "outlaw", "Victorian", "saloon girl", and of course "Tombstone". A couple of the guys didn't want the bar to look empty and opted for the "saloon girl" look themselves! Hard to beat a group photo like that!
If this Wild West adventure sounds right up your street, then why not book yourself on to our Southerner tour for this fantastic and unique experience!