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Tombstone AZ -- Tourist Trap Western Style

Saturday, March 17, 2007

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I get up early and go out to birdwatch and take a walk around the campground. Not sure why, but there are a lot of birds in this area. Then we pack up and take off to travel to Benzon AZ. Some fellow campers have recommended an RV park there.

The RV park is very nice so we pick out a pull-through site, have some lunch and then take off to Tombstone, site of the shoot out at the OK Corral. The town is crowded with tourists. Main street is totally tourist shops.

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We buy the last 3 tickets to the 2:00 "Shoot Out at the O.K. Corral" show and enter the museum and then the show. The show is packed solid, but everyone is in a good mood and joking about the lack authenticity of the show (the cowboys are mainly senior citizens instead of 30-year-old cowboys, diet Coke can sitting around, a bright yellow plastic tub that they use to store the iced tea that they pour into bottles in front of us that is supposed to look like whiskey, and the refrigerator that can easily be seen when they open the door).

The show finally starts and they start with a comedy skit, which is cute. The actual recreation of the shoot-out is so-so, but like the person in front of me told me, 'this is something you have to do once and then check it off your list as done' :-)
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We go see their multimedia show about Tombstone, which is actually better than I expected it to be (but my expectations were pretty low), and then walk around town (after getting large bowls of ice cream to eat).

On the way out of town we stop at Boot Hill Cemetary to look at the old graves. We donate $2 to get a description of the graves and we're surprised to find that most of the 100 or so graves have people that were murdered/hanged -- Tombstone was a rough town in the 1880s.

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Then back to the RV for a late dinner and a little relaxation.

Posted by jengelman 06:48 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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