Wild, Wild West and Its Wild Plants
If you want to visit Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, then be sure to view website and drop by the authentic old west town of Tombstone. It is a historic city in Cochise County, founded in 1877 by Ed Schieffelin. An old mining town, Tombstone offers a peek into the wild west with images of gunfights, dusty streets, poker, whiskey, and cowboys. Fans of old western movies and cowboys at heart would surely love a visit to this town.
Tombstone is the home of the Birdcage Theatre, Boothill Graveyard, and the O.K Corral. The town grew from what started as a silver mining claim in the late 1870s. Dance halls, opera, theater, and brothels were erected along with the mining boom to provide after shift entertainment to tired miners. When the mines flooded and tanked in 1886, the miners moved out and went to the next mining claim.
Although the mines are gone, Tombstone continues to exist to this day with real inhabitants, which is why the town is aptly nicknamed, “The Town Too Tough to Die”.
With history present in every corner, Tombstone has become a booming tourist attraction. It now has many restaurants, shops, and saloons for sightseers to visit. But there is also something in store for plant lovers in this wild west town.
Some Famous Attractions in Tombstone
Visit the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
This two-story Victorian structure shaped like a roman cross, was built in 1882. This impressive building is now a museum which holds exhibits and artifacts on Tombstone. Displays include restored and restored historical first-hand accounts and documents, and dioramas of the people who settled in Tombstones such as pioneers, cattlemen, and miners. There is also a facsimile of the gallows in the courtyard of the courthouse, where accounts say seven men were hanged.
“Walk Where They Fell” in O.K. Corral Historic Complex
O.K Corral is a must in a Tombstone itinerary. This is located on East Allen Street and is where the most famous gunfight between the Earps and Clanton-McLaury gangs happened in American history. The site has daily reenactments of the gunfight, with men dressed in cowboy costumes and have similar-looking guns. It also houses historic exhibits, a mining sluice, and Arizona’s oldest newspaper that is still in print today, “Tombstone Epitaph”.
Wild West Plants and The World’s Largest Rose Bush
Tombstone is in Zone 8 which means the minimum average temperature is at 10° to 20°F or -12.22°C to -6.667°C. There are a variety of plants that can grow in Zone 8.
In Tombstone, you can see prickly pears, cholla cacti, and succulents such as desert spoon, hesperaloe, and yucca. You can also see yellow birds of paradise, which are relatively easy to maintain, even when growing plants indoors. Texas sage is common around the area, as well as a variety of flowers.
For flower enthusiasts, one marvel to visit in Tombstone is the Rose Tree Inn. In the backyard of this building, the “World’s Largest Rosebush” is found. It covers more than 8,000 square feet with a trunk that’s approximately 12-feet in circumference. Entering this place would surely engulf visitors with the lovely smell of roses and if they came time at just the right time, they might just see beautiful white roses in bloom. And just like the rest of Tombstone, the “World’s Largest Rosebush” is also a historical feat. It dates to 1885, which makes it 135 years old. Even this rosebush is “too tough to die”.