I THINK THESE FELLAS ARE WAITING ON THE McLAURY BOYS!!
THE INFAMOUS TOWN OF TOMBSTONE ARIZONA AS WE SAW IT ON OUR COLD MORNING WALK DECEMBER 29TH, 2006. WE HAVE BEEN BACK SEVERAL TIMES SINCE.
About a week ago I had mentioned the town of TOMBSTONE ARIZONA in my blog. Had intended to put a few photos in with that but couldn’t find them. Thursday while scrounging for Christmas pics I came across my Tombstone file. You will hear a lot of things about Tombstone & how it is commercialized. It’s partially true, & there is little of the old original Tombstone left anymore. Hard to know what is authentic & what isn’t. Unfortunate, but it is the way the town has had to survive & regardless of criticism, Tombstone will still give you a sense of the old wild west town it once was.
Kelly & I picked out a place to look through when we were there a few years ago & I must say I was very skeptical of it’s claim of historic authenticity.
I would now say the ‘BIRDCAGE THEATRE’ is authentic alright & I base that simply from the building itself. No mistaking that old musty smell when you walk through the door. I must admit, this place is eerie. Kelly & I were the only visitors there as we slowly made our way around the dimly lit & stony silent interior peering into old museum like glass cases at many rustic artifacts of the day. I suggest you click on the link above & read the short article on the Birdcage Theatre’s notorious past. Twenty six people died within the very walls Kelly & I were walking. Wyatt Erp, his brothers & Doc Holliday all walked these same floorboards. Nothing has been done to restore the inside of this place & that is why it smells musty & moldy. The building has not been restored & I really appreciated that, but the building itself is slowing dying. I took photos inside but did not use my flash. I tried to capture the true eeriness of this buildings infamous history.
THE SAYING ‘IF ONLY THE WALLS COULD TALK’ TOOK ON REAL MEANING HERE……
THIS IS TOMBSTONE’S ORIGINAL HEARSE & I AM SURE IT TRANSPORTED MANY A TOMBSTONE RESIDENT TO BOOT HILL JUST OUTSIDE OF TOWN….THIS ROOM IS RIGHT BEHIND THE STAGE
THE BIRDCAGE’S BASEMENT ROOM THE LINKED ARTICLE TALKS ABOUT…..WYATT ERP
Tombstone’s Boot Hill is a real cemetery with real dead people buried there. It is one of the town’s main attractions. No entry fee, but donations for the cemeteries upkeep are accepted in the Gift Shop. .
Tombstone is only a half hour drive west of where we are staying right now.
The cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo theatre. When the usher came by and noticed this he whispered to the cowboy, “Sorry, sir, but you re only allowed one seat.” The cowboy groaned but didn’t budge. The usher became more impatient. “Sir, if you don’t get up from there, I m going to have to call the manager. The cowboy just groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle. In a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but with no success. Finally, they summoned the police. The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked, “All right buddy, What’s you re name?” “Sam,” the cowboy moaned. “Where ya from, Sam?” With pain in his voice Sam replied…. “The balcony.”
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