Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A taste of the old West

Heading south from the Phoenix area opens up a multitude of opportunities for things to see and do.  On one such drive into the southern half of my state, I stopped in the city of Tombstone, the "town to tough to die".  It was monsoon season in Arizona so occasionally the clouds opened up to bless the desert with some much needed moisture.  When that happened, I just ducked into one of the many gift shops lining Allen Street and had a look around.


While inside the shop looking at some interesting antiques, I heard the clip-clop of horse's hooves and looked out just in time to see a stagecoach making its way down the street.


With a speed to rival those quick-drawing cowboys of Tombstone's past, I swung the camera up and took the shot.  Whew!  Got it!

A little further down the street, I took a peek inside Big Nose Kate's Saloon just to see if anyone I knew might be hanging around.





















I didn't recognize anyone but, I did admire that gorgeous long bar. The bar is the original from the Grand Hotel that was destroyed by a fire in 1882.  Luckily the bar survived to live on at Big Nose Kate's Saloon.










On the other side of town, a visit to the OK Corral is a must.  There you can witness a reenactment of that famous "gunfight at the OK corral".  The good thing is that all the victims get up and walk away after the show is over.












As I was getting ready to leave, I noticed that someone had left the laundry out in the rain.  They might have to scrub those with the old washboard a second time.

8 comments:

Steve said...

Thanks for the tour. Someday I might make it there.

Lowell said...

This is a wonderful post. I never made it to Tombstone so I enjoyed this immensely. Sure looks like an old movie set! That saloon would be especially inviting on a hot summer day!

llandudnopictures said...

Fantastic, real old west looking!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Ditto above...fantastic! Laughed at the imagined vision of your 'quick draw' action Sharon!

Judy said...

Always a fun trip! I love that stagecoach and the wet laundry made a nice picture.

Julie said...

Nice photos. I am taking a trek down there in two weeks with a friend. We are going to check out Bisbee too.

Thérèse said...

Such a fun post! 30 years ago cowboys were walking down the main street with real firearms!

Jack said...

Thanks for this fascinating tour of Tombstone.