I have to admit I love the movie Tombstone, it’s a fun movie to watch and I remember going as a kid (okay teenager) to Tombstone, AZ and thinking it was ok, but not super exciting. I think since then they’ve built it up some and put more into it. It also helps this time around that we came during a big weekend for them so there were all sorts of people in costume all over town.
We all really enjoyed seeing the reenactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral, and they also had a really cool “Historama,” which I’d show you pictures from but they don’t allow pictures during that show. The live one they do, so I got to take pictures and I have a few short videos to show you from it. One of the videos won’t upload onto my computer, so you’ll have to wait for that one. This video is a monologue by Doc Holiday about his premonition………….
Afterwards we wandered around town and had fun poking our heads into the different stores and the bookstore, where I had a lot of fun talking with a local author and the bookstore owner about children’s history books and how hard it is to find a good one. I’m still on a search to find a picture book about Tombstone, but there doesn’t seem to be one so far. The best I’ve found is this book, and it’s more of a 2nd/3rd grade level.
Afterwards the kids had fun playing with some of the various things there, a cow roping exhibit and a “horse” to ride on. I alternated between checking on them and reading some of the exhibits. I learned about the theoretical origins of the phrase red light district, and interesting things about “the world’s oldest profession,” and about the area’s history in general. It made me want to get a few books on the subject and read up more on it, but as you can imagine that is not all that uncommon. Oh and I have a real hankerin’ to see Tombstone again soon.
But, all in all I can’t wait to come back to Tombstone with Jeff, and spend more time there, we didn’t get to go into the Victorian costume museum there, and that would have been SOOOOO cool. Okay, I would have loved it and the kids would have been bored to tears.
I asked the kids later what was their favorite part. Batman said the gun fight, Princess and Superman both agreed:
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