Get a Glimpse of History at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
Tombstone, Arizona, is the “Town Too Tough To Die.” It earned this nickname because of its violent past, but it also reveals something else true about the town – It’s still here after all these years, offering Arizona travelers a glimpse into the state’s Wild West past. At the center of the town is Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Here are three reasons to make this attraction a stop on your next southern Arizona trip.
Experience the History of Arizona
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is alive with history. Walking through its old courtroom, you get a sense of what life was like during the old west. This town swelled to 10,000 people in just ten short years. They came here looking for opportunity but many of them faced their fate in this very courthouse. When you look out the courtroom windows you can see the swinging gallows, which shows you just how close justice and death were.
If you’re an Old West history buff, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is a definite must-see. Your trip to see the town where the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral took place would be incomplete without a look inside the old courthouse.
Old West Historical Exhibits
The courthouse was built in 1882 in the shape of a Roman cross. It housed the local government and the town jail. Now, it’s been turned into a museum that’s packed full of exhibits about the area’s history.
Exhibits include a preserved sheriff’s office, artist drawings of the fabled gunfight, images of Wyatt Earp, a saloon and gaming room, exhibits about the mining of the area, and lawyers offices that are perfectly preserved. There are also exhibits that show you what everyday life was like for the citizens of Tombstone.
Learning about the Old West
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is a great place to learn not only about Tombstone but also about all of the Old West. You can experience what it was like to be alive back then in the early days of Arizona. It offers an excellent opportunity for people of all interests and ages.
Things to Do in Tombstone Arizona
In addition to the exhibits in the courthouse, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park also has a gift shop full of things to take home, as well as two shaded picnic areas where you can relax or enjoy a meal.
If you decide to visit the park, make sure that you make time to see the rest of the town of Tombstone as well. There is a great deal to see and do here. You can experience its history by strolling down Allen Street, the main drag that was once teeming with fortune seekers and outlaws. There is a whole array of tours that teach you about the history of the town. They include mine tours, coach tours, walking tours, ghost tours, and more.
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is a great destination for anyone interested in what the Old West was really like. Click here for unique things to do at Arizona State Parks!