February 12, 2016
Last Friday, Joe and I rode over to Tombstone with Lynn and Dave. We had never been and I know it sounds cheesy, but I really wanted to see a gunfight and eat at Big Nose Kate's.
Tombstone was founded in 1877 when silver was discovered. It wasn't long before cowboys, prospectors, homesteaders and gunmen filled the streets, saloons, and brothels.
In it's early history, Tombstone survived two devastating fires. But the "town too tough to die" rebuilt and grew. It is fun to think about the legends, like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, who walked the streets there and gave this mining town it's storied history. Today, I read that Tombstone is home to only about 1500 year round residents who believe in preserving the history and heritage of "The Wildest Town in the West".
We did see a gunfight. It wasn't at all what I thought it would be. Instead it was an outdoor theater company. Quite comical and well done, it had everything...including
|the bad guys,|
|the bad guy who was double-crossed and shot,|
|the drunken town sheriff,|
|and my favorite, the crazy prospector.|
There are lots of lunch choices in Tombstone, but for the four of us, there wasn't even a discussion. We were headed to Big Nose Kate's.
So who was Big Nose Kate? She was believed to have been the first "lady of the evening" in Tombstone. But her biggest claim to fame was the fact that she was also Doc Holliday's girlfriend.
BNK's saloon is a lively, colorful and yummy place to grab a cold brew and a burger...we all sure enjoyed it!
What a fun day with good friends!
Until next time, happy trails!