Tombstone, “The town too tough to die”, though I think it’s tourism rather than toughness keeping it alive today. According to Wikipedia Tombstone receives approximately 450,000 tourists each year; and this year seven of those were Foxworthys.
Tombstone found its beginning with a silver strike, bringing everyone from business men, lawyers, miners, and prostitutes to settle in this dry, dusty town. At one time the population was between 15,000 to 20,000 people.
When you walk the dusty streets of Tombstone today you’ll see actors portraying Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, some ‘shady ladies’, and more.
And of course there are plenty of shops and restaurants as well. You can watch a reenactment of the famous killings at the O.K. Corral, learn about the history of Tombstone by watching a short documentary narrated by Vincent Price or take one of many guided tours.
At the height of Tombstone’s glory days there were 100 bars open 24/7, over 2000 prostitutes, also open 24/7, and two theaters. One of those theaters was The Birdcage. You can take a self-guided tour of the original building, but I would suggest not bringing your young children along. The longest running poker game, being played continuously 24 hours and day for eight years, five months, and three days was played in the basement of the theater. This is the actual table at which that game was played.
In these boxes the ‘working women’ of The Birdcage plied their trade.
I took the below picture to show that you did not have to be a prostitute to get by in Tombstone. Miss Nella Yaple owned the first drugstore in 1890 and was a Western Union telegraph operator. You go Nella!!