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“The Town Too Tough To Die”
Review of Tombstone

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New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
16 helpful votes
“The Town Too Tough To Die”
Reviewed 11 December 2008

Tombstone was hot in July and you wonder how the old inhabitants wore all that black. My boys were surprised how much their Dad knew about Tombstone, Boot Hill and the OK Corral but didn't you watch all those old black & white cowboy movies? The huge plate of ribs at the Longhorn were washed down with a whiskey in Big Nose Kates saloon just like Doc Holiday or the Earps might have done. Then there was poor old George Johnson in Boot Hill who hadn't done anything wrong - his epitaph reads "He was right; we was wrong, but we strung him up & now he's gone!" Rewarding visit to a town "too tough to die".

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Buffalo, New York
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
25 helpful votes
“A taste of the old west”
Reviewed 17 July 2008

It begs prefacing this by saying my Turkish-born husband grew up on "Bonanza" even on Istanbul tv - so when I mentioned we could do this side trip from Tucson, his interested was piqued. Not knowing what to expect, though, it was with some trepidation I agreed to spend 80+ miles one-way on an unknown. Tombstone delivered on the old west as few places can. It's big and small enough; it is real and hokey enough; and it's the real deal. The investment of mileage and time were well worth our effort. We saw two (nearly identical) shoot outs - the unofficial morning version, and the "official" one at the corral in the afternoon. Didn't know they would be so very nearly identical, or we would have gladly skipped one of these (who knew?), but it does give you the idea what happened in the O.K. Corral in October of 1881. Loved the Crystal Palace saloon (beautiful and impressive bar!), and the Bird Cage Theatre is worth the $10 admission, if only just to see things as they really, really were 130 years ago. My husband bought his very own cowboy hat in Tombstone, something he can't WAIT to show his dad, who still dreams of his own piece of the Ponderosa. -- We took a full day to see much of Tombstone, but still missed a lot. If you're really into western lore, artifacts and/or the Earp legacy, there's a good case to be made for spending a night. Otherwise, plan to spend at least 6 to 8 hours.

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Ariton, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
63 helpful votes
“Great history but do it early”
Reviewed 23 May 2008

We visited Tombstone on May 13th. We were not aware that this is the slow season and for the most part, everything closed by 6 PM. That was a disappointment. The weather didn't cooperate, being so windy you couldn't enjoy being outside. That wasn't anyones fault though.

Check the time of the year before visiting.

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On-the-Road
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
15 helpful votes
“Patronizing”
Reviewed 11 February 2008

This was a major disappointment to our family. We overheard different groups of "actors/period characters" around town talking about the tourists in very unflattering ways. They depend upon the tourists for dollars yet mock them behind their backs, at least that's the feeling we got.

The streets were like a carnival scene and extremely "touristy". You get the feeling they are desparately trying to hold on to one claim to fame...and they are.

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Leicester
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
78 helpful votes
“A real let down.”
Reviewed 19 January 2008

We revisited the US this year and changed our route specifically to visit Tombstone, we were therefore very disappointed as it was rubbish!

I don't believe any of it is authentic, the Tombstone tourist area is like being at Disney Land - all cowboy shoot outs and shops selling tacky souveniers. The large majority of the area is shops and cafe's. The Birdcage theatre was a big disappointment, very small and the tour guide tried to convince us that a hole in the bar was a real bullet hole, shame it appeared to be the only one then! Where were all the other thousands? The stage itself was about 4 foot by 5 foot, no way dancing girls could have performed on it and the rooms where girls were supposed to have entertained the cowboys were booths like what you get in a theatre! We were led to believe that the girls did there 'entertaining' in these.

Let's put it this way, if you're expecting it to look like it does in the movies you'll be very let down. It's a tourist attraction built as such and nothing more. The whole place can be no bigger than a 2 up 2 down house, you'd struggle to get 10 men in it!!! The graves are not real, the real one's are outside of Tombstone so those are fake - a waste of a visit, you'd be better spent visiting one of the many authentic ghost towns in the desert arears surrounding LA and Death Valley.

Complete rip off.

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