This photo was taken at Tombstone, Arizona’s Wyatt Earp Days. There were costumed characters everywhere. Their costumes were judged on adherence to authenticity. Skits by acting groups were also judged. Photographed with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 28.

“The Town Too Tough to Die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona’s old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin (SHEF·e·lin) came to Camp Huachuca (hwah·CHEW·kuh) with a party of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, his comrades told him that he’d find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim the Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.

During World War I, Tombstone was a major producer of manganese for the government. In World War II, Tombstone was extracting lead for the cause. After both conflicts, Tombstone faded into obscurity, just to be resurrected at a later time. The citizenry of Tombstone decided rather than depending on a vanishing mining industry, they would focus their time and energy on tourism and restoration. Good call!

Many of Tombstone’s historic buildings are within an area bounded by Fremont, 6th, Toughnut and 3rd streets. Among them are St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, built in 1882; the Crystal Palace Saloon, one of the most luxurious saloons in the West; and the Tombstone Epitaph building, where the oldest continuously published paper in Arizona is still being printed. Western printing history exhibits in the front office are free to the public.

Truly a Historical American Landmark, Tombstone is America’s best example of our 1880 western heritage, which is well preserved with original 1880’s buildings and artifacts featured in numerous museums.

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I am a 60+ retiree who loves photography. I am active in the Green Valley (AZ) Camera Club where I teach several classes. Joining this organization has taken my photography to new levels. I consider my cameras and my computers to be my creative media.

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  • photojoey
    photojoeyalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic portrait. great

  • Thank you, Joe.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksalmost 5 years ago

    He certainly looks different this way. Very old timey

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderalmost 5 years ago

    Looks like a good series Linda :-)

  • Thank you, Ric.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000almost 5 years ago

    Fabulous portrait!!! Up close and personal!

  • Thank you, Gina.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thank you, Barbara.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Whitney Jacobs
    Whitney Jacobsalmost 5 years ago

    you have capture some of this man’s spirit, amazing, it flows out at you! great photo

  • Thank you, Whitney.

    – Linda Gregory

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago

    29th Aug 2010
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