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“Historic Town”
Review of Allen Street

Allen Street
Ranked #6 of 31 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 May 4, 2013

We loved this town so much we visited twice in one week! The buildings I've been told have been rebuilt after 2 fires and date back to the late 1800s. Nice shops, touristy attractions, and decent restaurants. My grandsons loved it, they were cowboys one day and Indians the next. Definitely worth the trip if you're in the area.

Thank Portia123Hawaii
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I had seen the film with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer and loved it to bits. It was only natural that I visit the historic town where it actually happened. The story was glamorised and embellished for the silver screen, but when you stand in the O.K. Coral you really do wish the walls could talk, as the sales pitch goes.

You can't walk down this famous street without picturing yourself as a gun-toting lawman or outlaw and the entire place just oozes classic wild western themes. If you take out the pink-faced tourists in designer shorts you might as well be back in 1880. Even the stores that line the street hark back to the days of Wyatt Earp with the exception of modern day cash registers and ice cream parlours.

The first thing my Dad and I did was to buy a cowboy hat. There are a few good shops that sell good western gear, but my favorite was just off Allen Street at the Bandit & Belle on E Fremont Street.

It is important to note that this is a working town to the people that live here. Stores open from 9am to 5pm with the exception of the Bars which go on till early morning. After 5pm, if you don't gamble or drink there's not much to do.

The street can get hot from spring onwards so take a full brimmed hat and plenty of sunscreen. When we went there, there was free sunscreen available just before the entrance to the O.K. Corall live show which I happily slathered it on my arms and face to keep the sun off me. There are covered walkways lining the streets so shade is plentiful should you desire it.

It took us about a day to see the whole place. A few hours to walk up the street, visiting the stores and a few side streets and then a few hours to walk down the otherside. Be prepared to interact with the locals as they like to tell stories and boast about their famous ancestors, some of them have been in Tombstone for generations and actually have very interesting stories to tell.

The street is not open to cars, but they can cross over at a few points so you can stroll down the middle of the street if you should so wish, but just keep an eye out for horses and carts, as this is their territory after all.

After you have seen the main street you can then visit Helldorado which is a fun little place with gun fighter shows and mini golf. There is also a mine tour you can go on, but we was only there for one full day so didn't get to experience this.

Thank MattH4
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Had a nice morning shopping, especially enjoyed The Shady Lady's Closet - their merchandise was different form the norm.

Thank Pat075
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Street is not open to cars. 4 or 5 blocks of old western stores, people dressed in period costume and stage coaches going by every 10 or so minutes.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

I was very surprised about how different all the shops were. I thought tombstone was going to be nothing but a but of shops with the same items, but I was wrong. Its a cool place to visit. Everyone was very friendly and we had a good time. shops are open 9-5 only though. So we really had to rush through to see everything.

Thank staceyge
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