In honor of Halloween, TripAdvisor.com established a list of the 10 best haunted tours in the United States. For the next 5 days I’ll be showing you the tours and giving you some advice on what to do in the area. Yesterday we looked into the hauntings in Providence, Rhode Island.
Today we head back to Arizona and another mining town for the
The Tombstone Ghost Tour is the sister tour of the Old Bisbee Ghosts Tour, which makes it understandable why they both rank so high on the best haunted tours in the United States. The tour delves into the history of Tombstone, from its mining origins to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (more on this later), to the floods and fires that led to it becoming an actual ghost town. The town was able to be saved when the Helldorado Days began to mark the occurrence of the famous shootout and tourists began to fill the town’s streets once again, with the help of the Historic Tombstone Adventures. Now the Tombstone Ghost Tour leads you through the city’s landmarks including the Birdcage Theater, OK Corral, Big Nose Kate’s.
The Birdcage Theater was open for 8 years in the 1880s. It was open every day of the year and was a rowdy hotspot for the miners and ladies of the city. There are also no less than 120 bullet holes in the walls of the building. It is said that a basement poker game began on the day the theater opened and it wasn’t ended until the theater shut down over 8 years later. The Tombstone Ghost Tour stops outside the building during its tour and if you want to go inside, there’s a tour for that. If you’re the kind of person who wants to do more research on the theater and its ghosts, both Ghost Hunters (see episode “Tombstone”, Season 3 Episode 1) and Ghost Adventures (see episode “Birdcage Theater”, Season 2 Episode 5) have researched this location. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch the episode of Ghost Adventures right here.
The famous fight at the O.K. Corral actually occurred several doors down on Freemont Street. During the fight, Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday fought Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury, Billy Claiborne, Ike Clanton, and Billy Clanton. Both Tom and Frank McLaury were killed along with Billy Clanton while Doc Holliday and Morgan and Virgil Earp were all injured. This 30-second gunfight has since been immortalized in movies and television including Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Deadwood, and The Gunfighters serial on Doctor Who with William Hartnell as the First Doctor. You can see daily reenactments of the O.K. Corral gunfight by buying tickets here.
Enjoy the Town Around the Tour
If you want a place to eat and sleep, there’s no place better than the Tombstone Bordello Bed & Breakfast. With room names like “Scarlett Lady”, “Calico Queen” and “Soiled Dove”, this B&B embraces its campy history. Each room features private baths and in the morning, guests are treated to a warm breakfast prepared by caretakers Dusty and Lynda. You’ll find the charm of this B&B is perfectly in line with the historic nature of the whole town. To see tomorrow’s big city destination, check back tomorrow for #4 on the Best Haunted Ghost Tour in the United States.
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