Monday, April 07, 2014

Gunfighters or those Who Died With Their Boots On.. A Walkabout Tombstone’s Boot Hill Graveyard

MQTlogoa  The plot features the graves of Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury; the three men who were killed during the famed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

This is a :: Our World Tuesday post.

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Might as well take the Stage out to Boot Hill

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Q: Why did the bowlegged cowboy get fired? A: Because he couldn’t keep his calves together!

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“Boothill... Boothill...So cold... so still...
There they lay side by side,the killers that died,
in the Gunfight at O.K. Corral.”

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“Because of the many violent deaths of the early days, the cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard.  It is possibly a true symbol of this roaring mining town of the early 1880s.  Buried here are outlaws with their victims, suicides, and hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the hardy citizens and refined element of Tombstone's first days.”  READ MORE

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"Contrary to the popular understanding, early territorial lynching did not flow from an absence or distance of law enforcement but rather from the social instability of early communities and their contest for property, status, and the definition of social order."[

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Check out this Slide Show and essay on “Lynching's in the West, Erased From History and Photos.”

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“Back in the Old West three Texas cowboys were about to be hung for cattle rustling. The lynch mob brought the three men to a tree right at the edge of the Rio Grande. The idea was that when each man had died, theyd cut the rope and hed drop into the river and drift out of sight They put the first cowboy in the noose, but he was so sweaty and greasy he slipped out, fell in the river and swam to freedom. They tied the noose around the second cowboys head. He, too, oozed out of the rope, dropped into the river and got away. As they dragged the third Texan to the scaffold, he resisted, "Please! Would yawl tighten that noose a little bit? I cant swim!"

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The countryside as seen from Boothill…

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and remember::

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DSC_0031 Thanks for stopping by.. Maybe next time I’ll introduce you to some of “the ladies of the night”

You might enjoy:

1. Silver in the Tombstone Hills

2. Fairbank A Ghost Town Of The Old West…Arizona…..

7 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Fun and informative post and great shots for OWT ~ Happy Week ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol

eileeninmd said...

Great post on the history of the Old West. The photos reminds me of an old movie scene..A neat visit and trip! Thanks for sharing..

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am a new resident of the West--Colorad o--and find western history like this fascinating! LOved all your photos!

ladyfi said...

A great post with good shots.

Fun60 said...

That was a fun post to read. Obviously great minds think alike when choosing a topic for OWT.

Snowbrush said...

It didn't occur to me when I visited Tombstone in the 1970s to wonder how much of what I saw was either original or at least a recreation of something that was original. But, say, Joe, shouldn't you have visited Tombstone along about January? It must be getting pretty nice in Ohio by now.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Tombstone is fun isn't it! I bet I know the place you're going to show next . Thanks for the pics, memories, and jokes!