The Southwestern United States is so rich in our country’s history and culture that it will take me many more trips to explore it. Mining, Missions, and Mexican culture are the watch words for our visit to southern Arizona..
Our first stop was in Carmen, AZ. This is where my friend, Bea, is going to leave us. She’ll spend the rest of her trip visiting her mom. We spent the night because the next day the four of us (Bea, her mother, Jody and I) were off to Tombstone, AZ, a historic Wild West mining town. It earned the name “The Town Too Tough to Die.”
The first night in Carmen we went out to a lovely dinner in Carmen at a restaurant called, Elvira’s. The Mexican food and atmosphere was fabulous. Our server was wonderful and knowledgeable about the food and shared local info with us. We could tell we were less than 20 miles from the Mexican border as the everywhere there were tables of people speaking Spanish.
The next day we were off to Tombstone. The town is a living museum of 1880’s artifacts and recreations of gunfights especially the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral. Walking down Allen Street you will see many of the residents and shopkeepers wear period costumes. There are shout-outs, stagecoach rides, and museums that explain the history of the town and the Old West. Just walking the streets Tombstone you will soak up history. Establishments like the Birdcage Theatre, and Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, originally the Grand Hotel built in 1881 and later owned by the girlfriend of Doc Holliday take you back in time. The servers at Kate’s dress as dance hall girls.
We attended two reenactments of gunfights while in town. One recreated three different saloon gunfights and shared interesting facts about the town. But no trip to Tombstone would be complete without attending a reenactment of the most famous 30 second gunfight that ever happened– the infamous Gunfight at the OK Corral where the most famous 30-second gun fight ever happened.
Other sights in town include the legendary home of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, the Tombstone Historical Courthouse and the Boot Hill Cemetery. Some of the west’s most colorful characters were laid to rest in this cemetery
Tombstone was a great stop on our tour of southern Arizona. We will make one more stop when we return in to pick up Bea for the trip home. We will stop at the San Xavier de Bac Mission, called the White Dove of the Desert.