Tombstone – “The Town Too Tough to Die”01/05/2012
We arrived in Apache and Geronimo territory today and settled into the town made famous by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday. The fact that much of the town is not original does little to discourage tourists from visiting the Birdcage Theatre, Boothill and the Crystal Palace Saloon, and to watch one of the highlights when the town’s main street erupts in a mock gunfight about noon every day.
Only one adobe wall still exists at the OK Corral but that really isn’t the point . . . the dust still hasn’t settled since October 26th, 1881 when the ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral,’ lasting all of 32 seconds went down in the annuals of western cowboy history. Wyatt Earp was 33 years old and lived until 1929, Virgil Earp was aged 38, Morgan Earp was aged just 30 years old, oh and Doc Holliday aged 30 is still alive and well and still drinking in the Crystal Palace Saloon . . . we kid you not!