Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tombstone, AZ

This is the old Bird Cage Theatre. The Bird Cage was one of the most famous night spots in the west during it's haydays from 1881 to 1889. It was described as the wildest, wickest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. This museum is well preserved, and very authentic. It was closed and boarded up for over 50 years, and it then became a historical landmark. Everything it is was intact, and its contents were only affected by passing of time when it was reopened to the public in 1934 as a historical landmark.

This hearse is considered to be Tombstone's most valuable individual antique. It is trimmed in 24k gold and sterling silver. Almost everybody in Boot Hill Cemetery was transported by this hearse.

This is the room where all the gambling took place. It was down on the lower level, and is called the pocker room. In this room the longest poker game in history took place. It ran continuously for 8 years, 5 months and 3 days. Today the poker table still stands as it was left.

We found this poster very amusing. Actually this was for sale in the shop, but I think there was an original one displayed in the museum.

Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, and Morgan Earp. They were very good actors and put on a reenactment of the famous gunfight. The gunfight at the OK Corral took place on October 26, 1881. Three men were killed in the 30 second battle, and three of the lawmen were wounded. Wyatt was the only one not wounded in the fight.

Picture was taken on the road on the way to Tombstone. Love the rocks here!

This picture was also taken from the road as we drove by going 65 mph.

This photo was taken in back of the courthouse in Tombstone. Both of the Al's closely examinded the trap door from underneath. I guess it's a guy thing! LOL

This was an authentic stagecoach from the 1880's and still operating in Tombstone. There were others stagecoaches, but this one was the only one that was from that era. We didn't take a tour in it because there was so much to see, we didn't really have time. Next visit, for sure!

Streets of Tombstone. They have some live reenactments taking place here during the half hour before the show.

Visit to Boothill Graveyard

These are the graves of the outlaws killed by Wyatt and his deputies

There were lots of headstones that were interesting to read. This was one of my favorites.

We spent three days in Tombstone, AZ with our friends from the Montana group, Carol and Al. We stayed at Wells Fargo RV Park which was located right in town and you could walk into town easily from there. We had a great time visiting with Al and Carol and taking in all the history of this famous town. The whole town of Tombstone is really a museum in itself. We enjoyed walking the streets there and visiting a few of the museums. We visited the Courthouse, the O.K. Corral, The Bird Cage Theatre, and Boot Hill Cemetery. We also took in some of the area around Tombstone. That will definately have to be a future post.

We are now in Quartzsite, AZ boondocking with a bunch of our Montana Owner friends. It got up to 84 degrees yesterday and is already up to 78 today and it's still morning. There are going to be over 60 rigs here when the Rally officially starts on the 22nd. We are seeing old friends as well as new. We are parked between Ron and Rose, who we have met previously and Carol and Al. Once things really get underway here, I will put up some pictures of our setup here. You will be amazed. So long for now!

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