A visit to Tombstone is like taking a trip back to the Old West. Called by some “The West’s Most Famous Town,” Tombstone, Arizona, was founded in 1877 when word spread of a silver strike.
The famous Gunfight at the OK Corral occurred in Tombstone in 1881. At its peak the town’s population was estimated between 15 and 20 thousand people with more than one hundred saloons, many restaurants, schools, churches and one of the first public swimming pools in Arizona. (It’s still used today.) When silver mining stopped in the early 1930s, the population dwindled to around 150 people.
Today, Tombstone is a living town that uses its history to offer a snapshot of Wild West history with shows, museums and mine tours.
Businesses in Tombstone are individually owned and operated and set their own hours, but most are open seven days a week. Tombstone is approximately 180 miles from the Phoenix area, so plan for about three hours in the car. The drive is about 90 minutes from Tucson. Tombstone is dog friendly and many merchants offer water dishes outside of their businesses.