About an hour and a half outside of Tuscon, down a lonely Highway 80 off I-10, lies the Old West town of Tombstone, AZ. Tombstone is known as the sight of the gunfight between The Cowboys, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury, versus the Law, made of the Earps (Marshall Virgil and Special Policemen Morgan and Wyatt) and their temporary Deputy Doc Holliday at the O K Corral.
Admission to the OK corral museum and gun battle is $10 for adults and $8 for children. You also get admission to the Historama, a short movie shown at the top of the hour, and a special copy of the Tombstone Epitaph, the local paper at the time of the gunfight. We were mainly interested in the gunfight, though there is a lot more to see in town.
After purchasing your ticket, on the other side of the gift shop, there are some museum pieces inside. Then, you mosey on out into the rear of the Corral, where you can check out other transportation items that were used in towns like this across the Old West.
As you near the theater where the battle will take place, you are able to enter a small building that represents a business that’s as old as time. The license calls it a House of Ill Fame.
But then it was time for the battle. So, into the bleachers we went.
The bad guys, or The Cowboys, were dressed in dirty, ill fitting clothes.
The Good Guys wore proper suits with ties.
Pretty soon, after Ike Clanton’s multiple drunken threats to murder the Earps and Doc Holliday and just as many warnings, the shooting began. Three out of four of the Cowboys died there. The other Cowboy ran away (Ike Clanton), though he later died when attempting to rustle some cattle in 1887.
Mom, of course, sided with the Good Guys.
In town, up and down the sidewalks are restaurants and shopping. There are also buggy rides and trolleys to take if you want a narrated tour of the town. Even the air carried a hint of Old West with the scent of roasting meat over a fire wafting down the streets. A full day’s adventure for those who want to get a taste of the Old West.