Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Tombstone Friday (Literally)


One of the places G-Man and I had a great time was at Tombstone. At first, I was more than a little disapponted. It’s not the Tombstone from the movie(s). It’s not even the Tombstone of the 1800’s. But it’s a great place to visit, anyway.

Here’s the hotel where we stayed. The only hotel I’d heard of before and trusted. (I hate staying where nobody I know has stayed.)

We went into town, and right next to where we parked was the Bird Cage. It was the real thing bar/stage/poker parlor and, well, you-know-what. THOSE rooms, where you-know-what went on, were tiny, itsy bitsy. Of course, I guess there wasn’t a whole lot going on in there.

Front of the Bird Cage.

Wyatt’s 3rd “wife”. Actually, I think she was his 2nd legal wife.

Remember the naughty picture Josie had taken for Behan. In the movie, they made a big deal about it. This is it–

We see worse than that on TV today. But back then, for a man to show his girlfriend’s “private” picture around was awful. Would be today, too.

Josie wasn’t the sweet person we saw on the movie. She was a madame. (I saw her licence to run a baudy house.)

There was a poker game there (next to the girls’ rooms) that went on for eight years, 24/7/365.

You had to put up a $1000 to get in line, then it took about three days to get in.

I can’t imagine playing poker for more than a few minutes. Even if I was winning. (It’s kind of boring, isn’t it?)

We took a stagecoach ride, too.

 There were two stagecoaches giving tours. This is the one we didn’t ride in.

Billy was our stagecoach driver and tour guide. We took the tour twice, because the speakers didn’t work the first time.

This is inside the coach. The sign above G-Man’s head says, “Driver works for tips.” Makes me wonder who got the $20 we paid for the tour. Maybe the horses?

There were several men, dressed up to look like the guys from the movie.



There’s a wonderful museum in the old courthouse. I tried out a saddle while we were there. (The sign said I could.)

And a set of beautiful Here Comes the Bride staircase

Before we left, we had to visit . . .


The Clantons and McLaurys are buried here, but none of the Earps are. Even Morgan, who was killed in Tombstone, was buried in California.


I don’t know if you can read this or not, but it says, Here Lies (name) Hanged by Mistake 1882. He was right

We was wrong

But we strung him up

And now he’s gone.

Sometimes, they had a sense of humor. 🙂

I love this one.

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Tombstone–a great place to visit!

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Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

2 thoughts on “Tombstone Friday (Literally)

  1. Wow! I love stories of the old West, but it was a hard life. The tombstones were great…..I wouldn’t have guessed a sense of humor in that. I think you need a horse under that saddle you were on :). Great pics.

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