Tombstone, AZ

We all loved the movie, so why not visit the place that inspired the film.  So we did.

We found ourselves with a weekend in Tucson, so we rented a truck and drove out to see what there was to see.  It turns out there was quite a bit …


We spent the afternoon walking through the shops, and talking to the folks – some tourists like us, and some that worked or lived in the area.  And since we had the pup, I was worried that one of us would be on the outside most of the time. But they were very dog-friendly.

Our favorite was the Birdcage Theater with the distinction of being the only original building left from the 1800’s.  We walked in the front, which was set up as a bar with a lot of the original artwork on the walls.  They let us take the pup in with us as we toured the museum (as it stands now).  In size it was a pretty small area.  If you look up you can see bullet holes still in the ceiling.  There are boxes along the sides on a second story for the elite to view the shows, and the stage was just  a short seven steps above the audience.  Below the stage was a room for gambling, and also Bordello rooms for the actors/prostitutes.  The most famous of these was  of course Sara Josephine Marcus aka “Sadie Jo” , who later became the wife of Wyatt Earp.

There were plenty of familiar landmarks to be seen as we walked down Allen Street.  Much of it brings to mind the movie of course, but it’s also a big part of our western history.  The whole town turns out to put on a show for it’s many visitors.  You can see ladies in 1800’s period dress and men walking around with guns on their hips.  And of course there is the re-enactment of the most famous 30 seconds in the town’s history – the gunfight at the OK Corral.

The pure history of the town is evident in architecture walking down the street.  And the blue Arizona sky contrasted by the white thunderheads rolling by made the scene just beautiful.

Did you know that Tombstone was also home to the worlds largest rose? Yep!  The Tombstone Lady Banksia Rose.  The rose was planted in 1855 by a homesick Irish bride.  She planted cuttings from a rose sent to her from home, intending to cover a shed in the back yard.  It has taken 162 years for the rose to become 9000 square feet, and cover the entire arbor in the back of the home that is now a museum dedicated to the rose.  There is even a festival in April when she blooms each year.  I guess I will have to come back in April to get photos for you!

Any visit to the area has to include a peek at the also famous Boot Hill Cemetery, with it’s famous graves a beautiful view of the valley and mountains in the distance.  Our visit was enhanced so much by the skies and the sun shifting in the clouds.

Kitty Kat didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so she came out with us.

It was a scenic day mixed with some fun elements.  My photos don’t do the area justice at all.  With purple mountains and white clouds back-lit by the bright sunshine, the Tucson area is just beautiful.  Tombstone is the kind of place that can be anything you like it to be.  With the shops for buying t-shirts and other trinkets, antiques and reproduction weapons, even two shooting galleries.  Many of the buildings have been converted to museums, and the locals that serve the public are dedicated to each other and enthusiastic about the history of the area.  And the best part was that many of the shops were pup-friendly, and he was the star of the sidewalks – as usual!  (Hubby is very patient with his adoring fans).

I will leave you with a favorite line from the movie, and a promise for more photos soon – as we complete our road trip.