Tombstone was founded in 1877 when silver was discovered. The
mines were closed a couple of times and were permanently flooded in 1903.
They remain flooded beneath the town today. The Gunfight at the OK
Corral is definitely the town's most infamous piece of history, but many
other stories certainly rival it. The number of "ladies of the evening"
and gunfighters who actually inhabited this place reads like a who's who
of bad western movies.
The Bird Cage Theater is still here with much of the original
dust in tact. Lyrics to the song popular in the century, "She's only
a bird in a gilded cage..." originated with this theater. Fourteen bird
cage crib compartments suspended from the ceiling overhanging the casino
and dance hall is where the "ladies of the night" plied their trade.
Sixteen gunfights took place there and 140 bullet holes are in the walls
Boot Hill Cemetery (the first with that name) is where the
infamous and unknowns are buried beneath piles of rocks. Many tombstones
simply read with a name, shot by and a date. One poor guy was hanged
by mistake, and his tombstone has an apology for that error on it.