”The Town too Tough to Die,” Tombstone is perhaps one of the most well-known towns in Arizona. When Ed Schieffelin came to Camp Huachuca with a group of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, his companions told him that he’d find his tombstone rather than silver because of the constant danger of hostile Apaches. So, when Schieffelin made his first strike in 1877, he named the claim Tombstone. News of his silver strike spread and quickly brought prospectors, miners, businessmen, fortune hunters, lawmen, and the lawless until the population of Tombstone reached 12,000 to 15,000 in 1881. Today, Tombstone’s population is 1,800. Surging waters in the mines ended the boom in the late 1890′s, but not before names like Virgil, Morgan, and Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the OK Corral and the Clanton Gang were household words throughout the nation. 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. The citizenry of Tombstone decided rather than depending on a vanishing mining industry, they would focus their time and energy on tourism and restoration. 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. The wild days of the 1880′s are recreated each year with the exciting three-day celebrations: Wyatt Earp Days, Memorial Day weekend; Rendezvous of Gunfighters, Labor Day weekend; and Heldorado Days, the third Friday weekend in October.