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Our trip December 2012 to Tombstone and Sierra Vista. We traveled with our 5th wheel and small dog. It was cold and breezy the day we walked down the same streets that Wyatt Earp did.
Tombstone was founded in 1877 by a prospector named Ed Schieffelin. Ed was staying at what was then called Camp Huachuca (wa-chu-ka) as part of a scouting expedition against the Chiricahua (chir-i-cow-uh) Apaches. During his time there he would venture out into the wilderness "looking for rocks", all the while ignoring the warnings he received from the soldiers at the camp. They would tell him, "Ed, the only stone you will find out there will be your tombstone". Well, Ed did find his stone. And it was Silver. So, remembering the words of warning from the soldiers, he named his first mine The Tombstone.
To learn more about the history of Tombstone from where the above information was retrieved from, go to: http://www.tombstoneweb.com/history.html