Arizona Holiday … Day 2 … Tombstone Part 1

21 Apr

Tombstone Diary: Saturday, April 11, 2015:


Gunfight at OK Corral (1957) / Frankie Laine

I came to Tombstone with the attitude that “whatever’s there, I’m going to enjoy it”. I surely expected a degree of tackiness –  but I also looked forward to a degree of the Historic Tombstone …

We’ll see …

Tombstone badge 2

Saturday, April 11, 2015: A beautiful day. Going to be about 80 F. With clear blue skies. Shouldn’t burn my delicate Alberta skin.

But first, of course, we get lost. Took a wrong turn in the desert.
No sweat. I’m enjoying the scenery.

Then ! a sign …

Tombstone Sign

Yep … this must be the way …

We ride into Tombstone at about 10 a.m.

Tombstone Sign 2

“Tombstone City Limit” – Sure, it could use some paint, but at least there’s no bullet holes.

Wow! … lots of people in town. Something is going on. ? I see some costumed kids dancing in the street …

Tombstone street fair

Seems we’ve arrived on the Tombstone Rose Festival !

Tombstone Rose Festival:

“Celebrating the 130th Blooming of the “World’s Largest Rose Tree”.
Events included the Rose Tree Parade, Rose Queen Coronation, Pet Parade,
Folklorico Dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band
and much more.”

Amazing !

There’s also a Corvette Stingray rally as part of the festival.

Tombstone Stingray

I coulda taken a dozen pics of these beautiful Rays’.

But that’s not why we came.

Tombstone badge 2

We find a parking spot … jump out …

First thing we see is a bunch of wagon wheels behind a building.

We think this is interesting. ? *click click*

Tombstone wheels

Tombstone wheels 2

Tombstone badge 2

Walking around the corner and Rose gets right into it …
Snaps a nice shot of some folks in Western attire.

Outside the Birdcage

Sign on door says: “Through these doors have passed some the most famous characters of Western history” 

Sign on the wall says:

Sign on the Birdcage

 We find we’re standing right in front of the famous Bird Cage Theatre !
–  blog buddy Rick (Surrounded by Imbeciles: https://surroundedbyimbeciles.wordpress.com/)
had recommended this to us! 

Birdcage fake

Sign outside of the Bird Cage:

sign outside Birdcage

Curly and Fred get immortalized.

 Next up:

Inside the Bird Cage 

4 Responses to “Arizona Holiday … Day 2 … Tombstone Part 1”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong April 21, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    It was nearly empty when we were there in August. It was also 124 degrees. You probably made the better choice.

    • jcalberta April 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Only one day was scorching. 87 F. This is a mild day for folks around Tucson, but for me it’s a danger: sunburn or sun stroke. Ever had sunstroke? I have. That thing can kill ya. We lathered up on 70 grade sunscreen. But only one day was like that – the rest of the time is was perfect – except for one rain day. Pretty good.

  2. Rick April 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks for the shoutout.

    • jcalberta April 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks for the tip – we had a good time there.

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