Friday, 5 March 2010
Another in the series of our mining town visits was Tombstone, Arizona, one of the most notorious and violent places in the Wild West.
This place is a total tourist trap, but so well done that you don’t mind. Main Street is set up as it always was – with saloons, hotels, theaters and the OK Corral. Most of the buildings are not original, since the town burnt down a few times, but they look like they are. And thanks to the town’s enthusiastic residents – most of whom are dressed up as cowboys, shady ladies or the Wyatts and their friend Doc Holliday – you really get a sense of what life must have been like.
We watched a reenactment of the Shootout at the OK Corral, had lunch at the Crystal Palace Saloon and visited the excellent museum at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.
And bought a red felt cowgirl hat for Sophia. Julia has kindly sent her some hand-me-down cowgirl boots from LA, so the whole family will be ready and waiting for the next costume party.