Stampede Bed & Breakfast
201 W. Allen Street, P.O. Box 1247, Tombstone, Arizona, 85638, United States
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Shootout at the OK Corral
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Travel Tips for Tombstone
Boothill is a real cemetery .
Most , if not all buried here were a rough and tumble lot.
A walk through the cemetery is entertaining as the tombstones do make interesting reading .
Tombstone is the location of the O.K.Corral gunfight between the Earp's / Doc Holiday and the Clantons / McLaurys
This was not a fight between ths sherrif and the bad guys , but a personnal dispute that finally boiled over.
Gunfight at the OKCorral: what did exactly happen?
Apparently nobody knows what really happened during the 30 sec. gunfight at the OK Corral.
There are 2 different approaches presented in paintings in the Courthouse. Many historians have studied this "event" and have come to different conclusions.
Anyways, Tombstone has every reason to keep the event as mysterious as important. The gunfight is Tombstone's mayor attraction.
US national flags
Although it wasn't any national holiday in April 2003, streets of Tombstone Historic District were decorated wirh U.S. national flags. They were also flown in local restaurants and saloons. Stickers with US national flags decorated motorcycles and some local cars as well. There were few Arizona state flags flown in Tombstone. US national, Confederate and Arizona state flags were sold in all gift stores.
Some foreign visitors may be struck with the number of flags all over the town, and generally everywhere in the U.S.A. Sometimes they may think it is a bit over the top, but at least they are kept reminding all the time that they are in America! ;-) I personally like the design of that flag like the one of, say, Canada, Brasil, UK, Australia, and Japan. And I think that it's nothing wrong about local patriotism and displaying, showing off national flags in each country.
Cowboy hats, Stetsons
A lot of sun forces folks to wear head coverings. In Tombstone there are covered sidewalks which protect pedestrians from bright sunlight. But despite it quite many locals wear various cowboy hats, first as protection against sun but also to follow and show up customs of Tombstone's famous or unfamous past as a frontier boomtown in 1880'. Many gift or clothing stores offer a wide variety of various cowboy and other Old Western American hats. Common American baseball caps do not fit well to Tombstone.
Cowboy hats, in the early days, were valued for being functional, with the wide brims protecting working cowboys from the sun and rain. They could be used to fan a campfire, signal others or pull water out of a stream. Today they are available in black and in various shades of brown and gray color, notably a warm light gray color known as "silver belly."
In Tombstone I've got to know that Stetson hats or Stetsons, often known simply as cowboy hats, refers to a brand name, not a type of hat. This felt hat with a tall crown and very wide brim was designed in 1860'. By 1886 Stetson's hat company in Philadelphia was the largest in the world. Now, Stetsons are worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and... quite many locals and visitors to Tombstone. Well, I didn't buy it.
comfortable shoes, heels get stuck in the boardwalks. :0) The weather is nice here, a bit warm in the summer, light clothing is best, stay away from dark colors they attract the heat. Water bottles are a good thing to bring. Drink lots of water and sunscreen is recommended. Especially if you are traveling with children. Make sure you are well stocked with what you need, there are no stores here to get supplies other than 35 mm film. If you are thinking about going hiking in the area, there are some great spots. Water, Water, Water!!!!And watch out for snakes and the wildlife, they generally stay away from the populated areas but when it is dry they are found in town quite often. We have a lot of deer, javelina, rabbits, moutain lions (hardly ever come near people, but have been seen in town), snakes , scorpions and various other bugs.
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