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“A Walk Back In Time”

Boothilll Graveyard
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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Tombstone
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“A Walk Back In Time”
Reviewed September 6, 2009

I recently visited Tombstone, by way of New Mexico. The place was cool and there are some great authentic attractions like the Bird Cage, and a few original saloons. I do question the authenticity of Boot Hill Graveyard. It is to neat and clean, and there are to many notable names within close proximity of one another. It seemed to good to be true.
My thought is that this is the part of the original graveyard, and they quardened off an area, and painted some planks with every famous name they could think of, and stuck them on the graves of other men and women, who went by different names. It is still a cool place to visit at sunset, with the Dragoon Mts, standing in bold relief against the nights sky. The same sight Wyatt Earp and Curly Bill, viewed over a century ago. That is the authentic experience, just walking in the footsteps of history.

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“Real or Fake?...........You still got to look if going all that way”
Reviewed August 16, 2009

OK is it real, is it fake, etc Who cares. The wife and I travelled 6000 miles to see a bit of the 'West' so called in on Boothill on the way to Tombstone from Tucson anyway. The main thing was I enjoyed it and took some photographs and it was free. If like us you are travelling thousands of miles to get there, why not take a look anyway........................

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“"Love Boothill and Tombstone, AZ!"”
Reviewed June 24, 2009

My husband and I visited Boothill Cemertery and Tombstone, AZ the first week in June. We love visiting here! Everyone, and I mean everyone at Boothill and Tombstone are the most friendliest people I have ever met. I think there is alot of historical information offered here. I guess everyone views historical sites differently. We absolutely enjoyed our visit and will return next year! I can't wait.

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“What happens in Tombstone, ends in Boot Hill”
Reviewed June 17, 2009

State Highway 80, just north of Tombstone

The earliest pioneers of the area began burying their loved ones -- and some not so loved -- on a small hill in 1878. Over the next six years 250 people would be laid to rest on the hill -- and 12 actually died of natural causes.

The cemetery remains at its original location, however, some of the tombstones have been moved around. After all, the cemetery lay dormant for 50 years before it became a tourist mecca.

Some of the famous folks who lie six foot under: Billy Clanton, and Frank and Tom McLaury (killed at the nearby O.K. Corral), Margarita (a prostitute stabbed by another prostitute, Gold Dollar), several Marshals and more criminals, and gunfighters than a person can count.

Even more famous are the epitaphs. Most read 'shot by' or 'stabbed by', but our favorite:
Here lies
George Johnson
Hanged by mistake
He was right
We was wrong
But we strung him up
And now he's gone

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“Not actually a Graveyard”
Reviewed October 17, 2008

Boot Hill is another one of those attractions designed to separate tourists from their money.

It is moderately interesting simply as a re-creation of something that was a real site in the past. However, it is not the actual Boot Hill graveyard.

The actual graveyard is/was located where the Circle K sits on the approach to town. Actually, when they dug the trenches for the tanks they discovered a number of bodies that had never been removed to other graveyards! Many are still felt to be interred on that property. I found this out in conversation with the town Marshal (the real one not the actor in the OK Corral show!)

Boot Hill, while purporting to be the "graveyard" is actually a collection of reproduction tombstones and signs mirroring the look of the original which no longer exists thanks to progress.

So, if you're inclined to go take advantage of the "free" admission, use the "booklet" for $2 to locate the reproduction gravestone of your favorite character and just enjoy the thought that this "MIGHT" be what it looked like over 120 years ago.

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