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The Not-So Famous Buried At Boothill

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Van Houten, Murdered, 1879 He was beaten in the face with a stone until he died.  Trouble was over his mining claim, which he had not recorded. James Hickey, 1881, Shot by William Clayborne He was shot in the left temple by Clayborne for his over-insistence that they drink together. Chas Helm, shot, 1882 Shot by William McCauley.  Two hot-tempered ranchers who disagreed over the best way to drive cattle, fast or slow. Jos Wetsell, killed, 1882 He was stoned to death by Apaches.  His friends were not far away, and it was thought the Indians wanted to avoid attracting their attention by shooting him. Freddie Fuss (behind Wetsell), 1882 A small boy who died from drinking stagnant or poison mine water. John Heath Taken from county jail and lynched by Bisbee mob, February 22, 1884.  He was called the leader of the five men who were legally hanged and was said to have planned the robbery.  He was hanged from a telegraph pole a short distance west of the Cou

The Famous Buried At Boothill

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Frank Bowles, 1880 His horse became frightened and threw him off.  This caused a rifle to discharge and badly injure his knee.  He lay in camp for several weeks without medical attention and when friends took him to a doctor for amputation it was too late. (This information was given by his daughter.) Tom and Frank McLaury Casualties of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881 between the Earps, Doc Holliday and the cowboys. The third casualty of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.  He was only 19 years of age. He and several other men were ambushed on a cattle drive by Mexicans.  He was killed.  His remains were moved a year after his death and buried next to his son Billy. William Clayborne, 1882 Shot by Frank Leslie in front of the Oriental Saloon trying to settle a wrong. Lester Moore He was a Wells Fargo agent at Naco and had a dispute with a man over a package. (Information from an old resident.) Born in China and buried in Boothill in 19

The "Thing" and It's Oddities

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I talked about "The Thing"? in previous posts, but now I can say I finally know what it is.  Along Interstate 10 on the way towards Benson from Tucson, the highway is riddled with signs that say, "The Thing?".  It is a gimmick that works and gets people wondering what it is and to stop to take a gander.  It is a gas station, souvenir shop with a Dairy Queen attached.  You can find all kinds of Arizona novelties, shirts, jewelry, and gifts for friends and family.  To see The Thing, you pay a buck and walk through a metal door and enter one of the three big metal sheds full on antiques and other odd items. In the first shed is old cars, buggies and a simulation of a torture chamber. The second shed had strange but interesting wood carvings along with antiques behind glass displays. The last shed holds The Thing, more old buggies and wagons with more wood carvings.  What is The Thing?  Check it out... I tried to get photos

Johnny Bones

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While eating dinner at Big Nose Kate's Saloon in Tombstone, AZ, Sharon and I met this wonderful, quirky, minstrel named Johnny Bones.  We had a fun time talking with him and watching him entertain the crowd.  He told us he usually can be found somewhere along Allen Street playing bones and tambourines.  We finally ran into him after touring the Bird Cage Theatre.  Meet Johnny Bones... If you ever get to Tombstone, say hi to Johnny and be sure to give him a tip.

Back to Tombstone and Bisbee

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Sharon and I are on our way to Tombstone and then Bisbee.  We plan to make a few stops along the way.  I will be putting pictures here and on Facebook of this trip.  In Tombstone we will be walking the streets at night, and during the day, visiting the Bird Cage Theatre, OK Corral, and Boothill.  We even plan to take another old time picture. I have been to Bisbee many times and stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel, twice.  Both times I stayed in room 401 with some friends, and both times we had paranormal experiences.  (Read my four part series of my second experience:  part one,   part two,   part three,  and  part four .)  Sharon and I are staying two nights at the Copper Queen Hotel in a room on the third floor.  We plan to do a spooky night walk through Bisbee.  I hope I have lots to tell you. Stay tuned.....

Big Red

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My husband owns a 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco and has been renovating it.  We bought the car from his parents, who were the original owners.  We drove it around for awhile until we were able to buy a minivan.  Big Red, as we call her, ended up sitting on the side of our house, eventually in our back yard, and then to a storage unit.  It sat there unable to move, unless being towed, until he was able to get her to a mechanic.  He completely restored the engine and just last month she was able to move on her own once again.  Big Red is "under construction" and needs more work done. This past weekend, he put big red in a car show in Sun City West, AZ.  There were many antique, muscle, hot-rod and classics vehicles among the 400 plus that were there.  Many people walked by, took pictures of Big Red and said that it brought back many memories for them of cars they either owned or their parents owned.  Big Red's first show was a success.  Next time, she will be all cherried o

The Hassayampa Inn

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At the edge of the historic district of Prescott, AZ, sits the Hassayampa Inn.  To the west of the inn is the famous Whiskey Row and Yavapai County Courthouse.  Across the street is the "legendary" Elks Theater which is currently being renovated. The building was constructed in 1927 and was known as the Hassayampa Hotel.  When the town's residents wanted an up-scale place for visitors to stay, "hotel" was changed to "inn" .  For a buck a piece, the community was able to purchase a share of the inn.  They also wanted it to be constructed of red brick in keeping which the Midwestern look.  The name, Hassayampa is Apache for "the river that losses itself" . The Hassayampa Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the "prestigious Historic Hotels of America" .

The Final Resting Place of Big Nose Kate

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Sitting at the bottom of a hill and amongst many other graves, sits the modest grave of the woman known as "Big Nose Kate".  Her final resting place is at the Arizona Pioneers' Home Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona.  Like many of the graves around hers, it is located with a simple marker bearing the name, "Mary K. Cummings", her real and married name at death. She came into this world as Mary Katherine Horony (or Haroney) on November 7, 1850 in Budapest, Hungary. Her father was a Hungarian physician and brought his family to the United States in 1862 after being appointed personal surgeon to Mexico’s Emperor, Maximillian. After the disintegration of Max’s reign of power in 1865, the family made their home in Davenport, Iowa in a largely German community. Kate's parents died when she was a teen and her early life wasn't easy.  She was living in Dodge City in 1874 and was a dance hall girl known as Kate Elder.  After moving to Fort Griffin, Texas i

What is "The Thing"?

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What is the Thing?  Along Interstate 10, from Tucson, Arizona to El Paso, Texas, you see billboards with messages to tickle your interests.  One will say, "The Thing?", and a few miles more you will see "What is it?" and down the road a ways another might say "Mystery of the Desert".   Located on a hilltop between Benson and  Wilcox , Arizona, you will see a large red, yellow, blue filling station and gift shop.  Inside you will find the typical southwest roadside gifts such as bows, arrows, moccasins, baseball caps, turquoise  jewelry  and The Thing? shot glasses, T-shirts and other items with the logo on it. What is it?  I sounds like a  novelty  which peaks enough people's interest to get them to stop and check it out.  For a dollar, you walk past the register and into a tiny outside courtyard.  In the courtyard is three prefabricated corrugated steel sheds full of odd exhibits.  You will see unusual wood carvings, framed lithographs, saddl

Photos of Abandoned Trailers

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