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The Ghosts of Tombstone

Updated: May 3, 2020

There are few places that I have ever wanted to visit more than Tombstone, Arizona. I grew up loving the movie Tombstone and the many stories that accompanied its fame. Tombstone actually does have a violent past with many shootouts between outlaws and the local authorities. It wasn’t called the “wild west” for nothing; the law in the town was hard pressed to keep the chaos at bay. Tombstone’s most famous historical resident was Wyatt Earp. Earp and his brothers moved to the desert town around 1880 and immediately became well known within the community. They, along with their friend Doc Holliday, had many confrontations with the cowboy’s in the area and tensions began to simmer. There were minor skirmishes that progressively worsened into major confrontations, which ultimately reached a head in October of 1881 on Freemont Street. There, a roughly thirty second shootout would result in the deaths of 3 outlaws. We all know it as the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Today, Tombstone is a big tourist destination. The town embraces its history readily with reenactments, souvenirs, and more, all housed within the buildings that were erected more than a century ago.


Places such as the spot of the O.K. Corral gunfight, Boothill Graveyard, and the Birdcage Theatre are all hotspots for paranormal activity. Paranormal encounters include apparitions of cowboys wandering the streets (sometimes with their guns out ready to shoot; especially near the gunfight site), many orbs, sounds of gunfire, mysterious saloon music, disembodied laughter, and EVP’s have all been reported. Ghost tours are available and from the sound of it, it would be worth a try.


I cannot wait to visit Tombstone for myself. Look for more on the Birdcage Theatre haunting coming soon!

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