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Review of Allen Street

Allen Street
Ranked #5 of 32 things to do in Tombstone
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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.
Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Tombstone was a bit dissapointing. We have had Tombstone on our list of places to see for many years. Altho it was pretty cool to be in Tombstone is was a bit of a dissapointment. It is pretty commercialized. First of all politics have infaded even Tombstone and they no longer offer the gunfights in the streets. Be prepared to pay for EVERYTHING. We vistied the Court House and that was $5 per person. Pretty inexpensive as we soon found out. We stopped in at The Bird Cage Theatre only to find that the cost to tour that place was $10 per person. We opted to pass. If you do want to see the reinactment of the Gunfight at the OK Corral you need to poney up $9 per person. Seems like everything is a pay to see anymore. There were 4 people waundering the streets in dress but not much more going on there. The best thing Tombstone has to offer is the Good Enough Mine Tour. We were able to slip in with a group for $5 per person. This is privately owned and they have invested a lot of time to clean out what was an old dump site and re-establish the mine to prestine conditions and offers tours that really make going to Tombstone worth the trip.

Visited April 2013
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“Definitely visit once in your lifetime”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

If you have just the slightest interest in western history, Tombstone's Allen Street is a must stop. This was our 2nd visit and it has not changed much in the past 15 years. The street is closed to traffic which makes it very appealing. The only thing on the street is the stagecoach (and the people). Fun stops from the Crystal Palace to the OK Corral. Use your imagination to think what it was like back in 1881.

Visited April 2013
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New Mexico
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“What a great day!!!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Allen street offers so many things to see, do, interresting, nice people all over, always something to see....

Visited April 2013
Thank cynthia w
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Estero, Florida
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

A fascinating experience. One of the only "old" towns that we have visited that is not chuck full of souvenir shops, and all the other glitz that generally overflows. This is like walking through a time warp, and there you are in the old west. Ladies wearing sidearms, stagecoaches going in and out, horses tied up at the saloon etc. The wooden boardwalk is amazing, as you can almost hear the sound of boots and spurs on them if you close your eyes. It is simply great

Visited April 2013
1 Thank toberua
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Sherman, Texas
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“Great place, stroll down the street out of the sun”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Since the name Allen is prevalent in my family history, this street was just the thing for me. Shops and people friendly, costumes in keeping with the setting. Selection of items for sale varied both in quantity and price. Stop at the ice cream parlor and then take a few minutes to sit on one of the many benches and people watch for a few.

Visited May 2013
Thank texaslady523
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