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Address: , Tombstone, AZ 85638
Phone Number: +1 520-457-3300
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Boothill Graveyard was the Tombstone City Cemetery from 1878 to 1884. It...
Boothill Graveyard was the Tombstone City Cemetery from 1878 to 1884. It was not called Boothill until the 1920s. Its occupants ran the spectrum of all the cultures and nationalities of early Tombstone. Cowboys who "died with their boots on" lie next to housewives, business men and women, miners, gamblers, ladies of the "red-light district" and all the famous and not so famous occupants that contributed to Tombstone's early history. By the 1920s, Boothill had fallen into ruin with many grave markers lost or unreadable. A group of citizens in Tombstone and Cochise County began the task of researching old burial records, consulting with relatives, older residents, and using all means available to identify the occupants and mark the graves properly. The task took several years and the efforts of many to accomplish. This resulted in the graveyard being restored much as it was in the early years when it was the city cemetery.
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Stopped here for a quick visit while leaving Tombstone today. Interesting to see the first cemetery in the area. Shows the year they died, but not year born so can't tell how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very well kept Cemetary. There is no cost unless you want to buy a map of the Cemetary plots for $3. There is a tiny gift shop and a larger building in the same parking lot that is a trading post for souvenirs.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Stopped here for a quick visit while leaving Tombstone today. Interesting to see the first cemetery in the area. Shows the year they died, but not year born so can't tell how old people were. A few markers described circumstances of peoples deaths which was interesting. No cost to view the site. You enter from their gift shop area. They... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Good men and bad men all lie together here and with the passage of time we have to accept that all of them brought us to where we are today. Their pioneering spirit and ambitions for a better life, form the basis of the American Dream! The Jewish Memorial is also something special in understanding the diversity and culture of... More 

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Dublin, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It was very interesting to wonder around in the graveyard and read the information on the markers. You come to understand just what a harsh and dangerous place this was.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very intriguing site, nice way to finish off a visit to Tombstone. Don't allocate too much time here, maximum 1hr if you want to look at each grave site.

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

You have to stop. You have to see the grave markers. Some made me curious to google. We unfortunately didn't get to stay for the gift shop as they had a fire drill they had to do as we left the grave yard.

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Craven Arms, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I could agree with many of the reviews on here. Both the good and the bad can be seen to have value. We were in Tombstone and so wanting to visit the legendary Boot Hill was always going to be there on the list. It's true that all of the original grave markers are gone and replaced with make believe... More 

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TombstoneChamber, Public Relations Manager at Boothilll Graveyard, responded to this review

Boothill was opened in 1878 and closed to new burials in 1884, with the exception of Emmett Crook Nunnelley, who died in 1946. At one time, Nunnelley owned the Birdcage Theatre and was instrumental in the restoration of the graveyard during the 1940s, Askey said. “He owned a steel factory in Indiana and donated all the metal markers that were... More 

Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Loved wandering through the graves, reading all the headstones. Highlight was seeing the graves of Old Man Clanton, Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury killed at the OK Corral shootout. Texas John Slaughter, famous lawman; Emmett Nunnelley, who spent his last years restoring the cemetery, last to be buried here in 1946; many many others shot, hanged, murdered, died of... More 

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Cullman, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Its fun to walk through and read the information on the tombstones. They do charge a small fee, but it was worth it. We went late in the afternoon and there wasn't a lot of people there so we took our time and took lots of pictures!

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great to pay respects to those of Tombstone. A lot of graves are marked as "Unknown", probably those who worked in the mines, but a lot of other violent deaths (Suicides, hangings, shootings). You have to make a $3 donation to receive a plot booklet with information about the deaths, but overall, a good place to stop by at in... More 

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