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Tombstone, Arizona, "The Town Too Tough To Die"



Tombstone, Arizona, "The Town Too Tough To Die"
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     challenging words:    boomtown, Cow-boys, gunfighters, reenactments, run-in, gunfight, tourism, geologists, tourist, gangs, entertainment, violent, mining, claim, county, southeastern
     content words:    Ed Schieffelin, Arizona Territory, Tombstone Epitaph, Birdcage Theatre, Schieffelin Hall, OK Corral, Fremont Street, Morgan Earp, Doc Holliday, Old West


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Tombstone, Arizona, "The Town Too Tough To Die"
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Tombstone, Arizona, took its name from the mining claim that belonged to a prospector named Ed Schieffelin. He found a vein of silver in the hills of the southeastern Arizona Territory in 1877. A passing soldier told him that the only stone he'd find in that area was his own tombstone, so he called his claim "The Tombstone."
 
2     When word of his silver strike spread, the area became a boomtown. The town was named Tombstone after its first mining claim. By the beginning of 1881, the town had nearly 1,000 citizens. Within a year it had become the Cochise county seat. The population grew to between 5,000 and 15,000 people.
 
3     Some estimated the amount of silver and gold that was mined in Tombstone at that time to be worth around three million dollars. Problems began with mining claims and property disputes, so lawyers, geologists, and engineers also began moving to Tombstone. New business opportunities grew with the population. The town started its own newspaper, which was aptly called the Tombstone Epitaph. A variety of businesses opened up including the famous Birdcage Theatre and Schieffelin Hall.

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