Seeing Tombstone with a local - a third-generation local who has lived here her whole life - is a unique and wonderful experience.
Sunday Donnie was feeling puny so he and Bill stayed home (they will never run out of things to talk about), while Anna and I went to "see stuff".
First stop is the Tombstone Monument Ranch B&B down a dirt road, just outside of town. A fun stop for anyone visiting the area, their rooms are all "main street" storefronts with a large restaurant/saloon/pool hall, and horseback riding, swimming and hiking. A great place for large groups to get together. For us it's more personal as we check out paintings by Anna's good friend, and she tells me about the wonderful 50th birthday party they attended there.
|Anna's friend's art hangs in the saloon|
|The whole place is an old western town|
|Beautiful views across the horse paddocks|
|Ed Schieffelin |
Died May 12, 1897
Aged 49 years 8 months
A dutiful son
A faithful husband
A kind brother
A true friend
Her descriptions of the place under a full moon, and her hikes with Donnie in the nearby hills make it particularly special :-)
Not ready to head home yet, we go to the historic courthouse. As a resident, she and her guest get in for free.
|More than a historic building, it is an exceptional museum|
Included in the rooms and hallways are numerous exhibits about the people - both famous and not - the structures, the mine, the railroad, the entertainment, and other stories that are well preserved for future generations. There is much more to this little town than just a famous Marshall and a shoot-out in 1881.
|A small exhibit about Doc Holiday|
|My favorite "character" in the Wyatt Earp legend|
|Instruments from the office of the first town doctor|
|Crystal Palace piano, shipped from Boston to San Francisco, then overland to Tombstone|
|Only slightly smaller than Bill's football team in 1974|
|Assay Office exhibit|
|A large, solid building protects a town's legacy|
About half of the graves are marked Unknown, but all are maintained, covered with large rocks and shrubbery. Closed in 1884, the cemetery suffered years of neglect and damage. In the 1920's concerned citizens restored the cemetery, learning about those buried here from their descendants. It is now on the National Registry of Historical Places.
|Purchased a stolen horse and hung before the truth came out. Oops, our bad!|
|Nearly 100 years old and a former slave, Slaughter's stone was erected in "memory of a worthy pioneer".|
|The infamous graves of those killed at the OK Corral|
|Mrs Stump died of chloroform overdose during childbirth. Definitely the "fanciest" grave here.|
The promised storm arrives slowly and the wind is blowing strong as the sun goes down. We bring in the big slide as a precaution, and hunker down in the S&B for the evening.
40 mph gusts blow most of the night, and it rains for a couple hours. We don't bring in the bedroom slide, and are happy the topper is in tact when we wake up...
Glad I got to play tourist with the very best guide, and while it was still warm outside!!