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SEE WHERE JUSTICE WAS SERVED IN “THE TOWN TOO TOUGH TO DIE” AT THE TOMBSTONE COURTHOUSE STATE HISTORIC PARK. THE 1882 TWO-STORY VICTORIAN STRUCTURE, BUILT IN THE SHAPE OF A ROMAN CROSS, ONCE HOUSED THE OFFICES OF THE SHERIFF, RECORDER, TREASURER, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, JAIL, AND COURTROOMS OF COCHISE COUNTY. THE 12,000 SQUARE FOOT COURTHOUSE IS NOW A MUSEUM FILLED WITH ARTIFACTS OF THOSE WHO TAMED THE TERRITORY OR MADE IT AS WILD AS IT WAS.
Tombstone was chosen as the county seat when Cochise County was created by a vote of citizens in 1881. The two-story courthouse remains an impressive example of territorial architecture. It continued to serve as a county facility until 1931, when the county seat relocated to Bisbee.
There’s something about seeing artifacts from the Old West in one of its most infamous towns. Tombstone’s origin as a frontier silver mining boomtown is contained in exhibits at the courthouse museum. Meet the miners, cattlemen, and pioneers who settled here, and see a reproduction of the courtroom and sheriff’s office. Included in the displays are a tax license for operating a brothel and an invitation to a hanging. Courtyard contains a grim reminder of tough Western justice: A replica of the gallows where seven men were hanged.
The park also includes a gift shop, restrooms, and shaded picnic areas.
There are many hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, and guest ranches in and around Tombstone, as well as RV and campgrounds. To get a feel for the real West, camp under the stars at primitive camping spots in nearby San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults (14+): $5
Children (ages 7 – 13): $2
Children (6 and under): Free
223 Toughnut St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638