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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THE TOMBSTONE PORTRAIT SERIES

“Sombrero” was featured in:
OUT OF THE PAST/July, 2009
50+/August, 2009
STRICTLY HUMAN FACES/March, 2010

“Sombrero”

“El Hombre”

“Wyatt Earp”

“Blue Bandana”

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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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Comments

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000about 5 years ago

    Oh…another awesome portrait!!!

  • Thank you, Gina. I have this on here as a black and white, but I think I prefer this one now.

    – Linda Gregory

  • titus
    titusabout 5 years ago

    great portrait.

  • Thank you, Titus.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksabout 5 years ago

    Another congrats. You’ve done a great job.

  • Thank you, Linda. I really like how these came out.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 5 years ago

    Superb portrait photography. Your work are all awesome Linda.

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryabout 5 years ago

    Thank you very much!

  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 5 years ago


    Congratulations Linda!! Beautiful image.
    50+ Group

  • Thank you so much1

    – Linda Gregory

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and editing and I loved reading about it too!!!

  • Thank you very much, Greta. It’s lots of fun photographing people in Tombstone.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    THANK YOU FOR SUBMIITTING YOUR WORK TO THE COMPACT GROUP WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE OF YOUR FABULOUS IMAGES

  • Thank you very much!

    – Linda Gregory

  • Thank you very much, Squealia.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – Linda Gregory

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    How very wonderful!!!!

  • Thank you very much, lorilee.

    – Linda Gregory

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