Wyatt Earp House …

3 Jun

On the way to Boot Hill …

Rose spots Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

Wyatt Earp House and Gallery

I wouldn’t have minded looking at the Gallery, but things looks pretty quiet.
It’s closed. But Why? It’s Saturday and there’s a Festival in town … ?

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We’re still nosy enough to have a look around …

Wyatt Earp House

Wyatt Earp Statue

Wyatt stands guard

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Waitin’ for Wyatt …

Curiosity gets to us … so we head around back …

And out steps Bat Masterson !!

Bat Masterson / Tombstone

Didn’t even know he wuz in town.

Here’s the story: this chap (Greg? Craig? Forgive me, I forgot your name)
drives in from Los Angeles and likes to join in the Tombstone festivities.
He rents one of the 3 existing rental units on this lot.
(There’s no longer a Wyatt Earp House and Gallery – but rental units.)
He’s typical Tombstone friendly and chats with us for a while.
Nice guy. I snap a pic of him with Rose.

Bat Masterson 2 (It was just my guess that he’s portraying Bat Masterson.)

Bat Masterson Tombstone Bat sported a moustache though, but is typically
portrayed as carrying a cane – as was our friend.

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Back home I finally get the back story on Wyatt Earp House:

Wyatt Earp House closing this weekend

Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:27 PM MDT
Updated: Apr 27, 2013 5:28 PM MDT
By Sonu Wasu CONNECT
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –

“It’s a town where the sound of gun fire is everyday business.

Horse drawn carriages walk down main street and the feeling of the old west is alive every day. Now a town that’s been fighting to preserve history is fighting for self preservation.

Hearing the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery is closing for good is sad news for locals and tourists. It’s been around for more than a century. It closes on Sunday for good, and officials blame it on the economy and a decline in tourism.

“I didn’t know, but I’m not surprised,” said Wyatt Earp Theatre Owner James Ferguson. “Our tourism is dropping pretty steadily.”

Every owner is fighting for their business to stay alive.

“Last couple years, we wound up closing two of our businesses [and we] now just have this photo studio left,” said Old Tyme Photos Owner Jim Newbauer.

Last few months, 11 businesses closed down,” Chamber of Commerce President Susan Wallace said. “We’re also seeing large turnover of businesses, but we also have new businesses coming in.”

The owners of the Wyatt Earp house are not in town today, but we’re told they plan to re-open as a vacation rental. Officials say this is not expected to affect Wyatt Earp Days in May, but some in town feel it will; one less place for visitors to check out.

“Hopefully they’ll keep statue of Wyatt there so people can still take pictures with it,” Newbauer said.

Town officials say an international marketing campaign is now in the planning stages.

Normally, the tourists [whom] Tombstone does well with are Europeans, Japanese [and] the Asians,” the Mayor said over the phone.

But the town is too tough to die and still hanging on.

“It’s very sad but we won’t give up,” Ferguson said. “We want to promote history of this town, Wyatt earp, mining; it’s what this town is all about.”

Part of their marketing campaign includes printing their brochures in different languages. The goal is to bring international tourists to Tombstone, Ariz. They also plan to make their website accessible to tourists by offering options for several different languages in the near future.

Chamber president Susan Wallace says this advertising campaign is expected to cost them a few hundred thousand dollars. They hope to use money from the town’s bed tax, and revenue generated from city-owned attractions like the boothill cemetery.”

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Really ?

There you have it. It’s shocking to hear that Tombstone – major iconic Western attraction – hurting for Tourism/VIsitors. It seemed busy enough to us, but maybe that was just because of the Rose Festival ? Don’t know. The Economy … I guess ? Yet I’d figure that when things turn down, folks would come here rather than travel aboard ? Maybe people aren’t travelling at all – sticking close to home ? Hope that changes.

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Tombstone Ghost Town?

Tomestone Ghosts

To Tuff to Die ?

Wyatt Earp House & Rose

Not if we can help it

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Tombstone steeds

… somebody’s steeds …

Next: Boot Hill

2 Responses to “Wyatt Earp House …”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong June 3, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Tombstone was pretty much a ghost town when they rebuilt it for the movie. It is not as well known a destination as one might imagine and it is rather off the beaten track. Maybe it needs to become a theme park or something. Or a National Park. That might work!

    • jcalberta June 3, 2015 at 10:53 am #

      Good ideas. There’s an old expression: “It’s hard to see the picture when you’re inside the frame.” The American people don’t seem to realize what an important treasure this place is in their History. It needs to be rescued. All and every existing artifact that is now scattered around the country and the globe needs to be re-acquired as very important Americana – Historical artifacts. Much is being destroyed and lost. Yes it is worthy of a National Park and an excellent Museum. Some structures should be authentically rebuilt. This doesn’t necessarily need to be on this exact location (which may not be possible) but close by.

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