NileGuide Expert Says:
The shootout and the mines get all the attention, but the story of the town's founder, Edward Schieffelin, who was first white man to explore much of southeastern Arizona is an often overlooked but equally fascinating story. If you go, don't overlook finding out what you can about this man. The Schieffelin Monument is about 5 miles east of town. Look for the sign as you enter town just past the graveyard.
Arizona Highway 80
(70 miles southeast of Tucson on AZ Hwy 80)
Tombstone, AZ 85638
tel: 520 457 9317 / +1 888 457 3929 (Tombstone Chamber of Commerce)
A brief gunfight over 125 years ago and a nugget of Old West toughness has ensured Tombstone will never die. Modern day Tombstone is a mix of interesting Old West history of mining and boomtowns and classic tourist-trap souvenir shops. A visit to the Southwest would seem incomplete without a visit to "the town too tough to die." Seventy miles through the rolling grasslands of southeast Tucson make the drive alone worthwhile. Also, Tombstone is on the way to the quirky and at equally-interesting town of Bisbee.