It seems a safe bet that the O.K. Corral attracts all those tourists to Tombstone considerably more than the giant rose bush does. And the town makes sure to exploit its Wild West history with regular re-enactments of the gunfight and other theatrical events.
In the beginning, Ed Schieffelin was the man who founded Tombstone back in 1877. Originally, it wasn’t a town that he called Tombstone; it was his prospector’s claim over a 50-foot-long vein of silver. A small hamlet of timber shacks grew up around this claim and others, with something like 100 residents.
The town proper was constituted in 1879, with parcels of land on offer for $5 each. In 1881 Tombstone became the county seat of Cochise County, newly formed from Pima County, and now even had its own telegraph connection. There was also a luxurious hotel, the Grand, boasting running hot water, chandeliers and genuine oil paintings.