Ignoring the taunts of fellow miners who say he’ll only locate their own tombstone, prospector Edward Schieffelin begins his seek out silver in the location of present-day southern Arizona. Later that year, Schieffelin was not only alive and effectively, but he had located a single of the richest silver veins in the West. He named it the Tombstone Lode.
Located about 70 miles southeast of Tucson in the San Pedro Valley, the Tombstone Mining District and the city of Tombstone swiftly became main economic and social centers of the Southwest. Schieffelin and his partners have been able to attract vast amounts of eastern investment capital to create their claims. Quickly creating their fortunes, the original partners sold out in 1880-81 and left Arizona for much more civilized locales.
Tombstone, nevertheless, continued to boom. By 1881, a lot more than 10,000 people lived in your community and Tombstone had grow to be the seat of the newly created Cochise County. The Wild West spirit of the town and large amounts of funds attracted gamblers, criminals, and would-be lawmen. Of these, Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers are the most famous these days, simply because of their short shoot-out with the Clantons and McLaurys at the O.K. Corral in 1881. Tombstone was home to scores of other gamblers and gunslingers, though, which includes John Ringo, William C. Brocius, and Frank Leslie.
So significantly violence and lawlessness marked the first years of Tombstone’s history that President Chester Arthur briefly deemed imposing martial law in May 1882. Upstanding civic leaders just like the rancher John Slaughter worked to advertise law, order, and civic growth. The wild boom days in Tombstone, nonetheless, waned of these own accord when miners struck groundwater quickly, which created it as well expensive to dig any deeper. By the first 1890s, the majority of the mines had closed and the city went into decline.
Mining resumed sporadically at Tombstone throughout subsequent decades, however the town regained its former glory. By 1929, Tombstone appeared to be headed for ghost town status, and the county seat moved to Bisbee. Ironically, the gambling and violence that growth-minded town fathers tried to suppress became its financial savior once. In the post-World War II years, the people of Tombstone begun to focus on the American fascination with the Wild West. Museums and the restoration of the O.K. Corral produced Tombstone into a tourist destination, leading some to call it the town that is “too tough to die.”