We spent Thanksgiving weekend exploring one of the last frontier boomtowns of the old West. Founded in 1879, Tombstone prospered in silver mining until about the 1890's. At its height, Tombstone grew to a population of 14,000 in less than seven years. As of 2014, the population has dwindled to 1,322 with the majority of its revenue coming from tourism.
In 1877, Ed Schieffelin, filed his first mining claim in the dry, Apache-ruled lands and called it Tombstone (after his buddy told him "The only rock you will find out there will be your own tombstone"). A year later, Schieffelin filed his second claim and called the mine "Good Enough". With the mine dried out of silver value today, it now makes a revenue by charging tour visits for $15 (Military $12, Children 8-18 $7.50).
With dozens of shops specializing in Western memorabilia, on-going shows, restaurants, and museums, the town that was once lawless is now a quirky, tourist based town.
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