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TOMBSTONE HOME OF FAMOUS GUNFIGHTS LIKE GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL.

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Tombstone is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, founded in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin in what was then the Arizona Territory. Formerly a silver-mining boomtown and county seat, the town is most famous as the former home of a number of western gunfighters, and as the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Its economy today is based on tourism. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 1,569.
In the summer of 1877, prospector Ed Schieffelin was working the hills east of the San Pedro River when he struck a vein of silver ore in a high plateau called Goose Flats. While telling a soldier about his discovery, the soldier allegedly stated that the only rock Schieffelin was likely to collect in that dangerous area would be his own tombstone. Undeterred by the warning, Schieffelin filed his claim under the name "The Tombstone."
The town of Tombstone was founded in 1879, taking its name from the mining claim, and soon became a boomtown. Fueled by mineral wealth, Tombstone was a city of 1,000 by early 1881, and within another year Tombstone had become the seat of the new (Cochise County), with a population between 5,000 and 15,000. It boasted such modern conveniences as refrigeration (including ice cream and even ice skating), running water, telegraph and limited telephone service, and a newspaper aptly named the Tombstone Epitaph. Capitalists and businessmen moved in from the eastern U.S. Mining was carried out by immigrants from Europe, chiefly Cornwall, Ireland and Germany. An extensive service industry (laundry, construction, restaurants, hotels, etc.) was provided by mainly Chinese and other immigrants.

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