2003 Tombstone
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In traveling from Phoenix to Las Cruces, we passed close enough to Tombstone, Arizona to make a stop there worthwhile, if for no other reason than to see what was there.  As might have been expected, it's quite the tourist trap, and to see the famous O.K. Corral and a reenactment of the shootout, it is necessary to pay an admission fee.  But, hey, you've got to do it once!

 

 

 

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Exterior of the O.K. Corral location.  It's enclosed, and an entry fee is required to see the shootout reenactment.  Your entry fee of $7.00 (and we do not take credit cards!) also gets you into several museums.

Scene from the shootout reenactment.  Those guys in black are the Earps (Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan), and the fellow in gray is Doc Holliday.  As I watched this, I couldn't help but compare the reenactment to what happened in the Star Trek episode "Spectre of the Gun," where Kirk, et al, went to back to Tombstone.  How's that for a source of historical accuracy!

   

More of the western show that preceeded the actual shootout.  This is how to turn a 30-second event into a 45-minute show.

Erik, Joel, and Brian pose with the Earps.

   

Trying on western headwear in one of many Tombstone gift shops.  Interestingly enough, I don't think a single cowboy hat or sombrero was actually purchased by anyone.  
   

Exterior and interior of one of the saloons in Tombstone.
   

Several trash-e ladies observed on a Tombstone street.

Enjoying a cigarillo break on the boardwalk.

   

Mark and Ben enjoying a snack at a Tombstone ice cream palace.

Horse-drawn carriage seen on the street.

   

Returning to the van to continue the trip to Las Cruces with a stop in Mexico on the way.