Roger and Janice Southwest Adventure travel blog

Boot Hill graveyard

The stage-Bird Cage Theatre

Janice with the Earp bros & Doc Holliday

Crystal Palace Saloon bar

The hanging gallows at the county courthouse

Allen St. the main drag


“The Town Too Tough To Die” that’s what they call Tombstone. The town has done a very good job of keeping it authentic as possible. The history is incredible; the O.K Corral, Boot Hill, Bird Cage Theatre, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and many more! By the way, Kate did not have a big nose... she was allegedly the nosiest person in town!

The highlight was the re-enactment of the gunfight at O.K. Corral. It was kind of campy but still fun to see. The guns were loud! Janice loved having her picture taken with the “Earps & Doc Holliday”. The tall one had a strong resemblance to Sam Elliot. We toured the Bird Cage Theatre. That was very interesting. It was a theater, saloon, gambling parlor and brothel. It operated continuously, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for eight years, from 1881 to 1889. When it closed in 1892, they locked the doors and walked away. When the new owners took possession in 1934 and unlocked doors, they discovered the previous owners took nothing. It was a true time capsule! Most of stuff is still there today. The place was riddled with bullet holes from the rowdy cowboys shooting off their guns during the shows!

The saloons we partook in, Big Nose Kate’s and Crystal Palace had some of the largest and ornate bars and back bars we have ever seen. They were the original ones. The libations were pretty good also!

One final thing. Our B & B was a real bordello in the 1880s! We stayed in one of the original rooms. Actually our room was three of the old rooms made into one. All they needed back in the day was a single bed. 𯘮



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