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Review of Allen Street

Allen Street
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Tombstone
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Allen Street is the main business and Historic District/National Registry of Historic Places of the famous Old West town of Tombstone, Arizona. It's full of history having once been the main thoroughfare of Tombstone during the boomtown days, so has certainly seen plenty of sights in its time. Allen Street became famous for being at the heart of the action during the time of the Old West. It saw plenty of gunfights in its day, and continues to be the primary tourist destination for tourists and Tombstone visitors. Today, it attracts people from all over who are looking for the excitement and enchantment of the Wild West days. The first stop on any trip to Allen Street should be the Tombstone Visitor and Information Center, where people can pick up a map of the area along with all the information that they need to plan their day. After that, they can head on down the Street to see what they come across. Allen Street is home to plenty of attractions, one of the most notable being the O.K. Corral. The O.K. Corral is the site of the most famous gunfight of the Old West which took place on October 26, 1881. It has daily re-enactments of the fight and is also home to the Historama, a multimedia performance showcasing Tombstone's long and varied history. After that there's plenty to choose from, including the Tombstone Ghosts and Legends Tour, guaranteed to give everyone a chill, or the Birdcage Theatre. Visitors can ride along the dusty road on the Tucson Stage Line or Butterfield Stage Coach, and can enjoy travelling as it once was with the road being closed to all other traffic. There are lots of options in terms of food and drink as well including the Crystal Palace Saloon and Big Nose Kate's, and there are countless other souvenir and gift shops along the Street for visitors to find a memento of the day. And, the Street is an attraction in its own right, with western re-enactments often being performed by the Six Gun City Players. Allen Street is open daily and entry to the road itself is free, however admission fees and opening times are sure to vary with each individual attraction. Be sure to check with the attraction first for their terms and conditions, and it's worth checking with the visitor center if you want to know when any staged gunfights and the like will be taking place. A trip to Allen Street really gives people a chance to see what life was once like in the Old West. With plenty of attractions to choose from, as well as re-enactments of famous showdowns, visitors will truly get a glimpse into the history of the time. And, with everything so beautifully preserved it really feels like you're back in the days of the Wild West, which will appeal to history fans and general tourists alike. Allen Street is a must-see for any visit to Tombstone.
Reviewed November 26, 2012

I've visited Tombstone out of season and it was quiet and sad. I've visited in-season, and it was a hoot. This is a place to rejoice in being a tourist. When the streets are crowded with visitors, and the locals are dressed and acting the old west and mingling on the streets, it's great. The stores are filled with chinese manufacture items, and many of them are just wonderful and available nowhere else - I am wearing a $17 belt that I've been looking for since 1990. Stage coaches take riders up and down the street, lines of greenhorn horse-persons ride by. If you don't enjoy a few hours in Tombstone with your children, recheck your priorities.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Much history and Old West, from saloons, to shops - vintage clothing, root beer and old west bookd store. Ride the stage coach and take the tour@!

Thank Linda1993
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Allen street is all blocked off which puts you into the west. With the horse and carriages, as well as the actors walking about it was a great atomesphere for the town. I wish there was no cars aloud in the surrounding streets to give it the WEST feel.

Thank Catherine A
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

I have been to a few "old west" towns, and this one is by far and away the most authentic.

Just seeing and walking down Allen Street, you can just feel the history, as if you were back in the 1800's. It was both eerie and awesome. Everything is so well preserved and restored. There are characters walking the street, which added a nice touch.

Do note that the town pretty much shuts down at 5pm. We were hoping to stay a little later. Plan on arriving here a little early if you want to see and do EVERYTHING here!

Also, there is a free parking lot off of 6th street - no need to pay for parking unless you have some money to burn up.

2  Thank MarkChw
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The shops/buildings on this street are all original and still look like they use to 100 or more years ago. Dirt road. It took us a good day to walk up and down this street and look through all the shops and saloons. If you want a western town, you can't get more authentic than this!!

Thank Maree M
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