'Murdered.' 'Shot.' 'Suicide.' 'Killed by Indians.' The epitaphs at Boothill Cemetery tell you everything you need to know about living – and dying – in Tombstone in the late 1800s. How did this godforsaken place come to be? In 1877, prospector Ed Schieffelin braved the dangers of Apache attack in the region and struck it rich. He'd been told the only rock he'd find out here would be his own tombstone, and the name stuck.
Most boomtowns went bust, but Tombstone declared itself 'Too Tough to Die.' Tourism was the new silver and as the Old West became en vogue, Tombstone didn't even have to reconstruct its past – by 1962 the entire town was a National Historic Landmark. Yes, it's a tourist trap; but a delightful one and a fun place to find out how the West was truly won.