Jerry Brewer aka Terco Paco, “The Tombstone Bandito,” is a fixture at special events in Tombstone, Arizona. I met Jerry at Wyatt Earp Days and he was also at Vigilante Days. He is a real character. 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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“Tombstone Bandito” has been featured in:
*COWBOY / COWGIRL ART/January, 2010

Second Place in COWBOY/COWGIRL ART’s “Silly Cowboy/Cowgirl Art” Challenge/ January, 2010.
*Top 10 in MOOD & AMBIANCE – STRICTLY PHOTOS’ “Attitude!” Challenge

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

  • SquarePeg
    SquarePegover 5 years ago

    Awesome!

  • Thank you, James.

    – Linda Gregory

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Holy moly – not a handsome face but a truly great image! What a shot! AWESOME work Linda!

  • Thank you, Karen. I don’t know how he does it, but most of it is fake. He uses a contact lens in the left eye and fake teeth. He took them out to show us last Saturday.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Katya Lavorovna
    Katya Lavorovnaover 5 years ago

    Whoa! Now, that’s a face I won’t soon forget…. great shot!

  • Thank you, Katya.

    – Linda Gregory

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image, very scary. He should be a pirate, not a cowboy LOL. Well done Linda.

  • He would make a great pirate, Ric. He’s really not as scary as he looks.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    awesome

  • Thank you, Scott.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 5 years ago

    Ah a face only a mother could love, great make up effects, he’s probably quite handsome underneath all that lol!!!! Great capture & processing Linda :)

  • Jerry always manages to get a lot of attention. He’s really a nice guy when you talk to him.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I would hate to meet him in a dark alley. Awesome capture!

  • Thank you, Barbara.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000over 5 years ago

    Holy mother of…………..wow. dats one ooggly ombre! lol Cool capture Linda!

  • Yes he is. But he seems like a nice guy.

    – Linda Gregory

  • richman
    richmanover 5 years ago

    he looks like a very colourful charachter!

  • That he is, Richie.

    – Linda Gregory

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 5 years ago

    linDA
    THIS IS JUST PLAIN SPECTACULAR!! WHAT AN IMAGE YOU’VE GOT.
    BEST,
    PHIL

  • Thank you very much, Phil. Jerry loves to have his picture taken.

    – Linda Gregory

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