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Subject: Travel & Adventure

Arizona Backroads Series

Best Non-Fiction Series -Emmy Awards
Hosted by Marshall Trimble, author, storyteller, and Official State Historian of Arizona, who's been called the state's "most recognizable goodwill ambassador," this series of eclectic programs takes viewers on-location and behind Click for more


The name Tombstone is legendary in the lore of the Old West. As the story goes, when Ed Schieffelin came to this territory in 1877 he was told he would probably find his tombstone instead of silver, and after filing his first claim he named it Tombstone. When word got out about the rich lodes in the area, the decision was made to name the town Tombstone. Silver mining boomed for seven years until rising underground water caused operations to cease. Lightnin' Leroy introduces us to the world famous Bird Cage Theatre or Bird Cage Opera House Saloon, which during its heyday was open 24/7 and featured stars like Eddy Foy, Lotta Crabtree, Lily Langtree, and Lola Montez; also, businessmen like Adolph Busch and George Randolph Hearst played cards here with world-class gamblers Diamond Jim Brady and Bat Masterson. Tombstone's slogan is "the town too tough to die," and ironically is well known for the most celebrated cemetery in the West, Boothill, or Boot Hill Graveyard, which received its name because so many of its early occupants died with their boots on. Billy Clanton and the McLaury Brothers, Tom and Frank, were buried here after being shot by Marshal Virgil Earp, Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp and John Henry "Doc" Holliday during the town's most famous event, the Gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881. Gold and silver lured an abundance of unsavory characters to Tombstone in the 1880s and during this time the town held the notorious distinction of having one of America's "deadliest streets." 07/09DE IJSCA 30 min.

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