Tombstone, AZ is 20 minutes from our house-a great place to begin our Spring Break. Most of us thought Tombstone got its name from all the famous gunslingers of the West who are buried in Boot Hill in Tombstone. We found out we were wrong.
The town was named after an Indian Scout who was stationed at Fort Huachuca. On his days off he would venture into the desert hills that Cochise and other Native Americans habited looking for silver. He asked the Calvary to protect him as he looked for the silver mines. They refused so he ventured out on his own. He was told he would never find silver but only his own tombstone in his searching. When he indeed found silver in the rocks he named the area Tombstone-and thus his discovery created the boomtown of Tombstone when in the days of mining silver it had 4,000 people.
We walked the streets that Wyatt Earp, his brothers, Doc Holiday, Billy the Kid and many other famous gunslingers walked. We learned the history of this famous Western town in no time. The main streets are blocked off to cars. We found only stagecoaches, horses and people walking on foot on these streets. Many people were dressed in costume of these famous years of this boomtown.
We also walked to Sacred Heart Catholic Church where the original Catholic Church is still there but now is their parish hall. The famous Nellie Cashman, who Bishop Kicanas talked about yesterday at the diocesan conference as being one of the early Catholic pioneers of the diocese who helped to spread the Catholic faith, lived here in Tombstone. She was an Irish immigrant lass who recruited miners and cowboys in her restaurant to tear down the gallows stand and build the first Catholic Church in Tombstone. She is called "The Angel of Tombstone".