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“Largest city in the West”
Review of Allen Street

Allen Street
Ranked #3 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 December 20, 2012

At its heyday Tombstone was the largest city between St. Louis and the West Coast. And Allen Street was the heart of the "city." Nearly everything you will want to see is along this stree--OK Corral, Crystal Palace, Bird Cage Theatre, etc. Portions will be shut off from traffic most of the time. Enjoy walking the boardwalks lwith a little swagger if you're a fan of the West.

1  Thank Larry J
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Allen Street has the feel of the Old West. You can just picture what it must have been like back in its heyday. We were there the week before the anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral so it was a bit quiet, but it was still great. There were still some locals and tourists dressed up walking around. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday appeared to be alive and well. The stagecoaches and carriages riding up and down Allen Street certainly add to the atmosphere. Also, the fact that it is blocked off to cars and other vehicles is great, but like one of the other reviewers said it is too bad that they don't block it off on some of the side streets.

There are lots of great shops that sell everything from typical tourist souvenirs,books, and photos to period clothing so you too can dress the part. The saloons are great even if you just go in to have a drink. Allen Street is an awesome place to visit for both families and non-families. I highly recommend a visit to Tombstone at least once.

2  Thank zippy608
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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.

1  Thank Fringe_Gatherer
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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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