Photograph of the Tombstone Sheriff was taken at Tombstone, Arizona, during Helldorado Days 2010.
It could not have been easy, living in Tombstone in 1881. Like Tombstone itself, the term Helldorado refused to die. It became the name of a celebration in 1929, and Arizonans have been celebrating the event just about every year since.
The festival will have re-enactments, shootouts, a parade, an 1880 fashion show, Indian dancers, a carnival, music and contests. It also is about the time of year that the historic fight at the O.K. Corral took place. The gun battle made Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday household names. At the time, Tombstone had become so lawless that President Chester A. Arthur considered declaring martial law, according to the city’s website. Things settled down after that, and Tombstone became the county seat. In 1929, the year of the stock-market crash and the first Helldorado celebration, the county seat was moved to Bisbee.
by Ron Dungan – Oct. 8, 2010 01:29 PM The Arizona Republic.
Tombstone was founded in 1877 by a prospector named Ed Schieffelin. Ed was staying at what was then called Camp Huachuca as part of a scouting expedition against the Chiricahua Apaches. During his time there he would venture out into the wilderness “looking for rocks”, all the while ignoring the warnings he received from the soldiers at the camp. They would tell him, “Ed, the only stone you will find out there will be your tombstone”. Well, Ed did find his stone. And it was Silver. So, remembering the words of warning from the soldiers, he named his first mine The Tombstone.
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