Tombstone, Arizona is still alive with the hauntings and history of the Wild West. With so many stories to hear and places to explore you’ll want to spend a day walking the town and checking out the area. Don’t miss Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and the Bird Cage Theatre for a thrilling peek inside authentic old West brothels. Take a hike or drive to BootHill Graveyard and pay your respects to the citizens from the past. And be sure to check out the notorious O.K. Corral where you may catch a reenactment of the legendary gunfight. You might even want to hire your own guide for the afternoon. You don’t want to miss the stories of the ghosts and spirits still roaming the streets, do you?!
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Tombstone, Arizona–the name alone conjures up images of gunslingers, saloons and ladies in red. This one-horse town still feels so much like the Wild West you expect to see Wyatt Earp exiting the saloon doors, in search of Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers. Between reinactments at the O.K. Corral, refreshments at the notorious Bird Cage Theatre and paying one’s respect at BootHill Graveyard, today’s Tombstone offers the ghost hunter a rare chance to step into the past and experience life in the lawless past.
The ghosts that move along the dusty streets tell stories of the rough and tumble life the early settlers endured. The spirit of a woman seen near the Bird Cage is thought to be a Madam who was hanged without cause and is seeking justice. Ghoulish apparitions who resemble badly disfigured men may be the ghosts of those burnt to death in an 1881 fire, unable to escape the brothels they were distrtacted in. Lawmen and outlaws alike were gunned down in the streets and their restless spirits have caught the eye of visitors taking an evening stroll. The Bird Cage itself is said to be haunted by some 26 ghosts, who come alive after closing, laughing and playing music while downing a few drinks. The Theatre has been investigated by many paranormal teams, including TV’s Ghost Hunters, who come away convinced the Wild West is alive inside the old saloon.
Besides the hauntings, the history of the town is everywhere. The O.K. Corral has a life-sized reproduction of the infamous gunfight, as well as a live re-enactment. Schieffelin Hall, built in 1881, was a venue for movies, boxing matches, dancing and more and is open today for tourists. BootHill Graveyard, home to some 250 souls, is a popular attraction, although respect for those buried beneath is wise. And, of course, one can’t visit Tomstone without stopping in at the Bird Cage to hoist a glass to the past. So take a walk through Arizona history and celebrate the rugged individuals who helped build the West into what it is today. See you on the streets!
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