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10 Reasons to Visit Tombstone, Arizona

Many of our adventures eventually lead us back to Tombstone. Whether it’s after a day of exploring the cave in Coronado National Memorial or hiking out to Fort Bowie, we always seem to end up in Tombstone before heading back home. Well, there must be a pretty good reason right? Here are 10 quirky reasons.

1. Get your wild west fix

This feisty little Town Too Tough to Die perfectly captures the spirit of the Old West.
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

2. You’ll see really weird things

We can’t even explain this, found in a store window. Perhaps it’s metaphoric –you turn into an angry bear wielding a lace umbrella when you drink too much Bacardi…
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

3. You can interact with the actors who roam the town

You can chat them up when suddenly one of them will pull out a gun and re-enact a gunfight with another actor right in the middle of the street!
Actress in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

4. The amusing signs posted all over town

You can even buy some of them as a souveneir… for your er… loved ones.
Funny sign in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

See the original post to this photo below from our 2008 visit.
Funny sign in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

5. These two horses were the inspiration for the animated horses in Disney’s Frozen

Your kids will probably recognize Sitron, Prince Hans’ horsey.
Horse-drawn carriage at Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

6. There’s much more to the O.K. Corral than a re-enactment to the infamous Cowboy-Earp brothers gunfight

There’s actually a mini-museum with actual artifacts from Tombstone’s glory days.
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

And a neat, hands-on way to teach your kids about gemstone mining.
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

Or you can just take silly photos with your mamma-in-law. 🙂
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

7. There are still quite a few historic buildings standing today that survived the fire of 1881

Like the Oriental Saloon and Bella Union Saloon. Many of them that didn’t survive the fire of 1881 are still historic, having been re-built that same year or the year after. See this link for details of the buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

8. See the original bullet holes in the Bird Cage Theatre

The Bird Cage Theatre is probably the 2nd most notorious, right after the O.K. Coral gunfight site. The Bird Cage Theatre served as a combination theater, saloon, gambling parlor, and brothel… a den of inequity. There are over 120 bullet holes in the building, many of which are still visible.
The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

The long bar in the front parlor is the original. There’s a 45 caliber bullet hole with the bullet still intact in one of its posts.
The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

This canvas of belly-dancer Fatima (who started her career at the Bird Cage Theatre) has six bullet holes and a knife slash in it.
Portrait at The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

“The Human Fly” was an act in which women dressed in costumes and walked across the stage ceiling upside down. This act ended when one of the performers fell to her death.
Portrait at The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

“Come visit me at the Bird Cage Theatre. Moo.”
The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

9. Boothill’s cemetery and its interesting tombstone epitaphs

A cemetery? Seriously? You want me to visit a cemetery? Well, yes actually.
(See the original post to the below Boothill photos in our 2011 visit to Tombstone)
Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

You can see where the notorious Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers were buried.
McLaury grave at Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

And see the interesting epitaphs inscribed on some of the tombstones.
Grave in Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

10. There’s something for visitors of all ages!

Party-poopers complain that Tombstone is a tourist trap. Well yes, in many ways it is. But with approximately 500,000 visitors per year, there’s a pretty darn good reason (10 good reasons actually) people willingly fall into that so-called trap. Entrance and parking are free. It’s up to you whether you want to purchase souvenirs or pay for activities. There’s something to amuse people of all ages and interests. We love the atmosphere so much that we come back every year, even if it’s just to grab lunch after another adventure.
Tombstone Ghost Town, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/tombstone-arizona

Tombstone Ghost Town Overview

  • Fees: FREE town entrance & parking
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Pets allowed: Yes
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