Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Tombstone, AZ

One of the places we visited on our road trip out west was the Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, AZ. There are graves of some famous and infamous people in Western lore and some not so famous that were killed for unusual reasons such as someone not liking the color of their shirt. Some of the gravestones are humorous and it's the only cemetery where I've seen the distinction of being legally hanged vs. hanged by mistake! The sign below welcomes you to the cemetery.

1878 Welcome to Boothill Graveyard
Buried here are the remains of:
Tom McLaury        Killed in Earp-
Frank McLaury     Clanton Battle
Billy Clanton           Oct. 26, 1881
Dan Dowd, Red Sample, Bill DeLaney, Dan Kelly & Tex Howard hanged legally by J.E. Ward, Sheriff, for Bisbee Massacre, Mar. 8, 1884. John Heath lynched by Bisbee Mob Feb. 22, 1884.
Mr. Peel murdered in Charleston March 8, 1882.
Geo. Johnson hanged by mistake.
Dutch Annie, Indian Bill, Quong Kee, Charley Storms, Les Moore, Mashal White, 3 Fingered Jack Dunlap, Bronco Charley, Red River Tom shot by Ormsby.

Men legally hanged on Mar 8, 1884

                My personal favorite:
                                                                                          Here Lies 
                                                                                          Lester Moore
                                                                                          Four Slugs 
                                                                                          From a 44
                                                                                          No Les
                                                                                          No More


  1. Boothill is one of my favorite places to take visitors. The whole Tombstone experience is just plain fun. Sadly, it is getting more commercialized and a less authentic than it was 20 years ago. But it is still fun.

  2. Sherri, we had a great time visiting there. This was back in the 70's, so I'm glad we got to see it when it was less commercialized.