Back from the Town too tough to die

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Spent the week past in the city of Tombstone, Arizona Territory and parts thereabouts. A Western Pilgrimage, a walk into our not so distant past, remembering the violence which formed the order in this part of the world, and realizing people really don’t change.

Stepped into the OK Corral, visited the saloons, wandered the streets while lightening flashed all around, and a heavy rain gave drama to the night. My brother and I wandered into the depths of a copper mine, made the hike to Apache country, and the fort which finished the fight, leading to Geronimo’s eventual surrender.

Had a meal where Wyatt, and Doc, and Ike and Curly Bill once ate, then had another meal there later in the week. Saw where Marshall White was shot, visited the famous Boot-Hill (where stands the grave stone “Here Lies Les Moore, four slugs from a .44, No Les, No More”). Came to the conclusion that some places have become significantly less sinful in the passage of one hundred years. No more prostitutes, gambling illegal (I asked if I could start a faro game… the proprietor said, “No. Faro’s illegal even in Vegas now. The odds favor the house too much.” My brother did buy a faro deck and accoutrements just in case), and when we drove in on the first night roundabout 9:15, the only business still open was the Circle K at the edge of town.

All in all had a fine week of it, filled with western lore and historical sites, once known only through the movies. Pictures and more thoughts forthcoming.

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