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Attraction/Event Spotlight: November 2002

Mosey on Through an Old Western
Town in Tombstone, AZ

This historic Western town, home to the O.K. Corral, is one of the most famous and glamorized mining towns in America. Prospector Ed Schieffelin was told he would only find his tombstone in the San Pedro Valley. He named his first silver claim Tombstone, and it later became the name of the town. While the area became notorious for saloons, gambling houses and the O.K. Corral shootout, in the 1880's Tombstone had become the most cultivated city in the West. Surviving the Great Depression and relocation of the County Seat to nearby Bisbee, in the 1930's Tombstone became known as "The Town Too Tough To Die."

The town is situated on a mesa at an elevation of 4,540 feet. Today Tombstone is a real town, not a movie set or theme park. But this authentic Old Western town's history is still alive and well. You and your pooch can stroll along on wooden sidewalks (board walks), and view historic buildings from the streets. To capture the real experience of this Old West town, take a tour of Tombstone by stagecoach. Old Tombstone Stagecoach Tours offers daily tours for about $10 for a 10-15 minute tour. Your pooch is welcome to hop on the stagecoach and take the tour with you. If you are looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, try the O.K. Cafe. They are open for breakfast and lunch. Leashed dogs are allowed at the outdoor tables. Also be sure to stop by the WF Trading Company, a retail store that allows well-behaved dogs inside. They sell gift items, jewelry, clothing and more.

This town is a must visit when in the Tucson area. Tombstone is about a one and a half hour drive from Tucson. There is no admission charge to visit the town. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the O.K. Corral. And you cannot really see it from the road. So if you want to see the O.K. Corral, you will have to take turns watching the pooch outside.

For more information:
More dog-friendly places in Tombstone, Arizona
City of Tombstone Official Website



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