Old West History
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Pioneer settlers and their cattle drives. Gold and silver mine prospecting. Cochise, Geronimo and the Apache Indian wars. It made legends in Cochise County. Explore the past and see how the Old West shaped today’s landscape.
Tombstone: The Legends Live On
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral. What actually happened with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and the McLaurys? People still debate what took place in the “town too tough to die.”
Learn about the Wild West history at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. See daily re-enactments of shootouts at the O.K. Corral, Helldorado Amphitheater and Six Gun City. Visit gunfighters’ graves and unusual tombstones at Boothill Graveyard . Walk Tombstone’s boardwalks or take a stagecoach ride through town. Visit famous saloons such as the Crystal Palace, Big Nose Kate’s and the Bird Cage Theatre.
Start your exploration about the Old West in Tombstone and discover other locations with links to those days. Celebrate one Warren Earp, the only Earp brother buried in Arizona, during Western Heritage Days held in July in Willcox. Discover the important role of the Buffalo Soldiers, who came together at Fort Huachuca next to Sierra Vista to quell Apache raids in the 1880s.
Visit the John Slaughter Ranch, the home of another Cochise County lawman, near the city of Douglas to learn about his contribution in taming the West. Discover how copper mining brought its version of the Wild West to Bisbee. The town of Benson has a unique role in the Old West history, as it was the site of the Butterfield Overland Stage. Every fall, it holds the Butterfield Overland Stage Days and commemorates those days with a Pony Express ride. Later, the Southern Pacific Railroad came to Benson and transformed it into a bustling train depot.