Mining History Association Tour
June 4, 1998
Unfortunately, no photographs from the MHA’s 1998 visit to Tombstone, Arizona have been found. Special thanks to Susan and Mike Canty for providing these galleries of 2016 photos. They retrace the steps of the MHAers who took part in the 1998 field trip.
The entire town of Tombstone, “the town too tough to die,” is itself a memorial to the silver rush that followed Ed Sheiffelin’s discovery in 1877. The population peaked at 10,000 in the mid-1880s. Although the mines produced over 32 million ounces of silver, the town is perhaps as well known for its notorious frontier characters. Marshall Virgil Earp, his brothers Wyatt and Morgan, and Doc Holliday represented law and order in the famous 1881 Shootout at the OK Corral. The villains were local cowboys, Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne. The people and the shootout have been the topics of numerous books, films, and television dramas. Reenactors provide daily replays of the action for tourists. Tombstone is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The 1882 Tombstone Courthouse, the original Cochise County Courthouse, is now a State Historic Park and museum. It was the location of early registration for the 1998 MHA conference.
The Cochise County Sheriffs have been the faces of law and order in Tombstone since the mining boom days.
The court room is well preserved. The county seat and the court were moved to Bisbee in 1929.
The last stop for the most serious offenders was the gallows, recreated outside the Court House.
A mine car, ore bucket, and other pieces of mine equipment are on display in the museum.
An exhibit on mine lighting includes mining lamps of various designs. The 1905 photograph was taken underground in 1905 at the Boom Mine.
In addition to records, it seems likely that the vault in the Courthouse may have held bullion waiting for shipment.
By stagecoach or on foot, the next stop is Allen Street, the main drag.
Photo Credits: Susan and Mike CantyCLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY 2