Tombstone, AZ - site of the famous 'shootout at the OK Corral'
Since I was close, I had to take a side trip to Tombstone. Unfortunately, it's mostly a theme park these days. The OK Corral is fenced in and you have to buy a ticket to see the Corral and a 're-enactment of the shootout.
While there are remains of the original buildings, they tend to be buried in blocks of touristy, theme park stuff (gift shops, bars, restaurants).
|Wagons and trolleys give tours of the downtown area|
|Mini-operas of 'shoot-outs' happen every few minutes on main street|
Cochise County Museum
The only attraction I was really interested in was the county museum. It was really interesting and covered the whole Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday historical context.
|Some original Tombstone buildings survive|
The focus in Bisbee was the mining - silver and copper - that fueled growth in this area of AZ in the late 1800's. Bisbee is in the mountains so it reminded my a lot of San Francisco - all up and down with lots of steep steps, narrow alleyways and houses perched on hillsides. While Bisbee was also quite commercial, it had less of a theme-park atmosphere and more of a town that kept it's heritage alive while moving forward into the future. I liked that there was live music in the city park when I was there and in many of the restaurants.
|Copper Queen Hotel|