Theresa Garcia, Principal

207 High Street, Lordsburg, NM 88045 Phone (575)542-9222


Friday, May 8, 2009

5th Grade Field Trip TOMBSTONE

Today the 5th graders from Central Elementary went on their field trip to Tombstone, Arizona.

"The Town too Tough to Die," Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona's old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin came to Camp Huachuca with a party of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, he said he was just looking for stones. His comrades told him that the only stone he'd find would be his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim the Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.

Days of lawlessness which nearly had then-President Chester A. Arthur declaring martial law in Tombstone and sending in military troops to restore order, climaxed with the infamous Earp-Clanton battle, fought near the rear entrance of the O.K. Corral, on October 26, 1881. Over the course of 7 years the mines produced millions of dollars in silver and gold before rising underground waters forced suspension of operations.

Leaving at 8:30

In Tombstone city park At the famous Birdcage Theater
Visiting the Birdcage
"Bucking the Tiger" Faro game from 1880 at the Birdcage Theater

Dr. Baca and Friend

Waiting for the "Ghosts and Legends" tour

Ghostly tour guide

Lunch at the Golden Nugget

Waiting for the OK Corral Show

Where it all happened October 26, 1881
OK Corral reenactment

Meeting the Earps

Transportation 1880's style

Maverick Matt riding at the OK Corral with a rattlesnake.


Dayna said...

Great looks like you guys had a blast! That last pic of Matt is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

It looks like a fun time was had by all!