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Tombstone, AZ: Fun Memories of the Old West PDF Print E-mail

The Old Western town of Tombstone is just an hour’s drive south of Tucson. If you grew up watching cowboy movies and TV shows, Tombstone is a familiar name. There were the oft-told legends of Boot Hill, Wyatt Earp and the famed gunfight at the OK Corral.

Many movies are about the 1884 incident. A favorite is the 1957 epic, "Gunfight at the OK Corral", starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. John Ford also adopted the story for his film, “My Darling Clementine”, in 1946, starring Henry Fonda and Victor Mature. Another was “Tombstone”, starring Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner in 1993. Gunfight at the OK Corral Reenactment: There’s a daily reenactment of the famous gunfight at 2 p.m. in the actual location. Admission: Adults $5, $2 for kids 7 to 13, free to kids under 6.

Bird Cage Theatre: Today it’s a tourist attraction combination saloon, gambling joint, museum, souvenir shop and faux house of ill repute. In addition to attending scheduled dance hall performances, visitors may look for the gunfight ghosts who are said to haunt the old building.

Crystal Palace Saloon: Near the OK Corral and Bird Cage Theatre building, this place has all the features of an Old West tavern, but is more of a family gathering place these days for casual, Western-style eating. A favorite is the 12-ounce charbroiled rib eye steak, with cowboy potatoes and ranch beans, at about $25. crystalpalacesaloon.com

Tombstone Bordello B&B: Room rates about $100, including full breakfast. It has a private pool with spa, and flashy, bright red decor that harks back to the frontier era. Guests enjoy taking naughty-themed photos for sending back to amuse relatives and friends. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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