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Boothilll Graveyard

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Address: Tombstone, AZ 85638
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+1 520-457-3300
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Boothill Graveyard was the Tombstone City Cemetery from 1878 to 1884. It...

Boothill Graveyard was the Tombstone City Cemetery from 1878 to 1884. It was not called Boothill until the 1920s. Its occupants ran the spectrum of all the cultures and nationalities of early Tombstone. Cowboys who "died with their boots on" lie next to housewives, business men and women, miners, gamblers, ladies of the "red-light district" and all the famous and not so famous occupants that contributed to Tombstone's early history. By the 1920s, Boothill had fallen into ruin with many grave markers lost or unreadable. A group of citizens in Tombstone and Cochise County began the task of researching old burial records, consulting with relatives, older residents, and using all means available to identify the occupants and mark the graves properly. The task took several years and the efforts of many to accomplish. This resulted in the graveyard being restored much as it was in the early years when it was the city cemetery.

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Winter visit to Tombstone

Solemn site as it is a Cemetary. Very interesting as to the people from an era that made this town a history site.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Verona, Wisconsin
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Verona, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Solemn site as it is a Cemetary. Very interesting as to the people from an era that made this town a history site.

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Sedona, AZ, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Checking in, the Cowboys attending the entrance, we very nice. The cemetary itself was disappointing. It seemed very staged and not authentic. We've visited other historical cemetaries and this one wasn't very impressive. On the way out, we were going to buy some candy. A lady was in front of us and the clerk charged her 37% in taxes on... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So interesting. So many graves were marked "unknown". So sad. The 1890's sure were some deadly years for Tombstone.

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Parrottsville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our third visit to Boot Hill and every time I am in awe and full of respect for the people who are buried there. Boot Hill is well maintained but has kept the graves as they would have been when they were buried. It is a real cemetery so most people visiting are very respectful of this. Walking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a walk up to Boothill from our campground in search of a geocache and some history. The shop attendant was informative and helpful. Graveyard was well kept and HIGHLY educational. Definitely enjoyed our visit.

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although Hollywood makes this place seem like it's "downtown", it's off just a bit from the main area of Tombstone. A must visit for any Tombstone fan or history fan.

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Rimrock, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a huge fan of historical sites and that includes grave sites. I've been to the Salem witch memorial in Salem, and while very interesting I can easily say it's not half as informative as this cemetery. Upon your arrival you are given a warm welcome from a local cowboy type who will offer you a guide map for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located just outside town it would be easy to drive by but we're glad we stopped. There is no cost to enter but a donation is nice. It is larger than I expected but every headstone is interesting so don't miss a row.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was free to enter, fun to see some of the cemetery humor on the stones, and very interesting to walk through.

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Benson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boothill is an amazing place to visit. It not only has graves of the ruthless men of the old west but also the Chinese men and women who worked there in Tombstone. It also has a memorial to the Jewish people that lived during this time. Lots of history. If you are a history buff it is a must stop... More 


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