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Tombstone AZ Parks

BEST Places to PicnicTombstone City Hall
P.O. Box 339
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-2202
(520) 457-3562

Tombstone is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin in what was then the Arizona Territory. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 1,569.

In the summer of 1877 prospector Ed Schieffelin was working the hills east of the San Pedro River in the southeast portion of the Arizona Territory, when he came across a vein of very rich silver ore in a high plateau called Goose Flats. When Schieffelin filed his mining claim he named it "The Tombstone", after a warning given him by a passing soldier. 

While telling the soldier about his rock collecting experiences, the soldier told him that the only rock he was likely to collect among the waterless hills and warring Apaches of the area would be his own tombstone.

The town of Tombstone was founded in 1879, taking its name from the mining claim, and soon became a boomtown. Fueled by mineral wealth, Tombstone was a city of 1000 by the beginning of 1881, and within another year Tombstone had become the seat of a new county (Cochise County) with a population between 5,000 and 15,000, and services including refrigeration (with ice cream and later even ice skating), running water, telegraph and limited telephone service. 

Capitalists and businessmen moved in from the eastern U.S. Mining was carried out by immigrants from Europe, chiefly Ireland and Germany. An extensive service industry (laundry, construction, restaurants, hotels, etc.) was provided by Chinese and other immigrants.

City Park
NE Corner of Third & Allen Streets
Tombstone, AZ 85638
Tombstone's City Park is a wonderful place to sit and relax a bit during your travels about town in search of the mother lode of history and entertainment scattered throughout the town.

The Park has restrooms, picnic tables, a swingset, and a beautiful gazebo.

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