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This photograph was taken at Helldorado Days in Tombstone, Arizona, USA. Folks in costume depicting the 1880’s or so are wandering around just waiting to have their pictures taken. I usually concentrate on the men, but this beauty caught my eye. Photographed with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.

“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.


“Lady In Red” has been featured in:
RETIRED AND HAPPY/October, 2009
ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW/October, 2009
VISUAL ARTISTS OF GREEN VALLEY/November, 2009
HATS AND HAT BOXES/June, 2010
VINTAGE ART STORYBOOK/October, 2010




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arizona, beauty, grunge, helldorado, portrait, tombstone, tucson, united states, us, woman

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

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic beauty & such a smile!
    wonderful history on Tombstone AZ too!

  • Thank you very much, John. It was her smile that caught my eye, too.

    – Linda Gregory

  • John Weakly
    John Weaklyalmost 5 years ago

    I was counting on you to pull out another great one and you did.

  • Thank you, John. This is my favorite from this trip. I didn’t get too many other ones.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 5 years ago

    Thi is wonderful love the detail and the smile says it all.

  • Thank you very much, Karen. She has a gorgeous smile.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksalmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful portrait. The texture is perfect with it. You should have gotten her address or email. She’d kill for one of these.

  • I’ll make a print of this and take it with us next time we go. Hopefully she’ll be there or someone will know her.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turneralmost 5 years ago

    beautiful portrait….well done Linda!

  • Thank you very much, Tara.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 5 years ago

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much, Svetlana.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful portrait

  • Thank you very much, Lee-Anne.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic portrait! Love the background textures, Linda!

  • Thank you very much, Barbara.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Irene.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Ellen  Price - Greenwald
    Ellen Price -...almost 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful..Excellent portrait, Linda:-)

  • Thank you so much, Ellen!

    – Linda Gregory

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