Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone

Billy Clanton, and brothers Tom and Frank McLaury were outlaw cowboys and cattle rustlers. All three were gunned down by the three Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan, (the lawmen in town), and their friend Doc Holliday during the now infamous 28 second Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, October 26, 1881. The three outlaws are buried in the old “Boothill Cemetery”, the “Old West’s” most famous graveyard, in Tombstone.
“Boothill” was a common name for the burial grounds of gunfighters or those who “died with their boots on, (violently), and were buried still wearing them.

Tombstone was a roaring mining town in the early 1880s. Because of the many violent deaths in those early days, the cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard. Buried here are outlaws and their victims, suicides, hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the upstanding and refined population of Tombstone’s first days.

Boothill Graveyard was laid out as a burial plot in 1878 and, although there are several more recent burials there, most of the burials were between 1878 and 1884 when a new cemetery was founded. Boothill lay neglected for years and much of it has now gone back to nature. However, years of research and work by local citizens have helped to preserve the main part of the cemetery as it is seen by hundreds of visitors today. (And it is a fascinating place to visit. Be sure to get a “pamphlet at the office that gives a description of how each person ended up deceased!)
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Interesting historic information.
posted November 17th, 2015  
What an interesting part of history, thank you for sharing.
posted November 17th, 2015  
Fabulous Old West shot!
posted November 17th, 2015  
A fantastic shot and more fascinating history. Thank you Anita. Fav
posted November 18th, 2015  
@susiemc Thanks, Sue. The camping group of 30 of us were there all at once and spent a couple of hours Fascinating epitaphs on some of these old "headstones"......And we had the brochures that told how and why all these people ended up here. Also very interesting.
posted November 19th, 2015  
@karlow75 Definitely of lot of interesting history in this old cemetery.
posted November 19th, 2015  
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