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Old Cochise County Courthouse, Tombstone, Arizona USA
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This is a view of Tombstone Courthouse, now a State Historic Park, in Old Tombstone, Arizona, known as the town too tough to die. The Courthouse was constructed in the shape of a Roman cross in 1882, and once housed the Cochise County Sheriff, Recorder, Treasurer, Board of Supervisors, Jail and Court Rooms. The State now maintains the Courthouse as a museum. Formerly a mining boomtown, today, Tombstone is a tourist center for replaying the old West. Tombstone is not a remade movie set or a theme attraction, it is the real thing. The buildings and artifacts are authentic. Located close to the Mexican border in southern Arizona, the town originally was the county seat of Cochise County. The county seat is now in Bisbee, a few miles away, but the old Court House and County Building is still standing and is now a museum. The main street is blocked off to vehicle traffic except horse drawn wagons and stagecoaches. Mock gun battles are held in the street where one of most famous gun fights in history, the battle of the O.K. Corral actually took place. This is a destination worth visiting. When Ed Schieffelin, a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca, left to go prospecting, he was told that rather than find silver he would find his own tombstone. When he struck it rich, he named his first mine the Tombstone and the town that grew around the mine took that name.
Copyright: James L. Tanner
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Uploaded: 15/01/2012
Updated: 03/09/2014
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