Friday, February 25, 2011

Boot Hill Cemetery - Tombstone

A bit touristy but the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, AZ made me think about the history of the area and those that lived there.

This graveyard was neglected for decades but some inspired western lore lover / anthropologist / entrepreneur was able to do some excavation and plot labeling. There are a 150 or so grave that have been identified. Most notably those of Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury, the three men killed during the famed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

But more interesting to me were four markers:

-- "Two Chinamen"
-- "Here Lies Lester Moore Four Slugs From A 44 No Less No More"
-- Here Lies George Johnson Hanged By Mistake 1882 He Was Right We Was Wrong But We Strung Him Up and Now He's Gone"
-- "Hayes" (my last name)

Tombstone was certainly a rough town. It liked up to its reputation. Scores of saloons, brothels and establishments for vice fulfillment. Today, it is a tourist town but for those interested in the wild west, worth the trip. Eat and the Longhorn Restaurant -- excellent western grub.

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