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Cochise County

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  • Day56

    Day 55 - The Doodle Bug to Tombstone

    June 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    It was virtually 11.00am that we finally said “Goodbye” to Charlie & hit the road in the ‘Doodle’, our nickname for our VW Beetle. We drove south through Tucson & picked up Interstate 10 eastbound. At Benson, we came off & headed south on the Arizona 80, arriving in Tombstone not long after midday.

    The first site we came to in Tombstone was Boot Hill Cemetery, now our 4th. We drove through Tombstone on the main drag & were out the other side before we knew it. We turned round & parked up in a free car park opposite the O.K. Corral Gunfight Site, the legendary historic site where the gunfight between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp, and the Clantons and McLaurys took place on 26th October 1881.

    We wandered into the historic back streets of Tombstone & pretty much immediately decided we would probably stay the night here. At a ticket booth, we looked at was on offer & decided to book a triple tour of a Gunfight Show, a Tombstone Trolley Ride & a Ghost & Murder Tour. We spoke to Tony who was a cowboy selling the tickets & told him we would be back when we had booked some accommodation. Before we knew it, Tony had made a phone call & secured us a motel room for $85.

    We bought our tickets, then rushed to the Gunfight Show starting at 1.00pm. It was a very funny slapstick show that lasted nearly an hour. We had time for just a quick ice cream, before we were on the Tombstone Trolley Tour. The Trolley Tour was good, it pointed out numerous places of interest & provided us with a bit of a history lesson.

    Tombstone has numerous places of interest, apart from the O.K. Corral, it has the Tombstone Courthouse, with it’s gallows immediately behind; The Bird Cage Theatre, scene of multiple murders; Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, Big Nose Kate was Doc Holliday’s girlfriend; Crystal Palace Saloon, that sold beer in crystal glasses & The Rose Tree Museum, which has the world’s largest Rose Tree. In the 13 years that Tombstone was predominantly mined, it produced $38 million worth of silver, which by today’s prices would be worth $1.9 trillion.

    After the Trolley Tour, we returned to our car & drove to the Trail Riders Inn, just a couple of blocks away. It looked perfectly adequate, so we went into the office & met the manager, Kevin, who agreed that we could have a room for $85 plus tax. We negotiated to $85 & no tax if we paid him cash. Kevin was a nice bloke suffering from PTSD, he is ex Military & a Fire Fighter.

    We hung around at the motel until 5.30pm, then headed the couple of hundred yards back into the Historic parts of Tombstone to take some photos of locations pointed out on the tour. Just before 6.00pm we popped into Big Nose Kate’s Saloon for a pitcher of beer & Chicken wings & a steak cheese sandwich. The food was exceptionally good & cheap! A band were playing, we were served by a corset wearing waitress & people were dancing. It was a good atmosphere.

    At 8.00pm, we joined the Ghost & Murder Tour. We visited most of the same sites again, but this time the focus was on who & how people were murdered there & what ghosts are now present at these scenes. The murder stories were interesting, but as a non believer, the ghost stories were a bit cheesy.

    At the conclusion, we were going to pop into Doc Holliday’s Bar, where Kevin was hosting a karaoke evening. It looked a bit to rough & ready, with few customers, so we headed back to the motel for a beer on our porch.

    Song of the Day - Tombstone by Civil War.

    Bonus Song of the Day :-

    The Last Gunfighter Ballad by Johnny Cash
    Shadowplay by Joy Division
    Ghosts by Japan
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  • Day23

    Arizona finally

    December 14, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We finally made it through Texas! Arrived Benson AZ Thursday December 13 a beautiful travel day from Deming NM. Sunny warm days and cool nights ahead. Beautiful desert views all around. Our site is next to a cactus garden and steps to Hot tub and pool! Stores are close. Here for 2 weeks 🌵🌞Read more

  • Day8

    Willcox

    May 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 29 °C

    Wir haben uns für eine Nacht beim Sagebrush RV Park eingecheckt. Der Empfang hier war sehr nett. Und weil schon eine Woche rum ist, probieren wir mal die Waschmaschine und den Trockner aus.

  • Day72

    Willcox, AZ - Willcox Elks Lodge #2131

    April 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 29 °C

    We reached the farthest west point of our trip, Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. First Arizona stop is Willcox (SE corner of AZ) and the campground at the Willcox Elks Lodge. As a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, I am allowed to use a Lodge's campground. Many Lodges have camping facilities, but not all. Willcox Lodge's campground is a nice one - large level gravel lot, shade trees with grassy areas, and utilities. Great find for a one night stop.

    Willcox, AZ is much more than meets the eye. On the surface Willcox is a small town (pop. 3,000) that has struggled to maintain it's presence on the Arizona landscape. It could be characterized as an old western town now going through rebirth and revitalization.

    In its early days, Willcox was a national leader in cattle production and with this came the title of Cattle Capital of North America. Today ranching and agriculture are the area's economic base. The region produces 75% of the wine grapes grown in Arizona. There are miles of apple orchards, pistachio groves (2nd in the nation), and pecan farms. This has resulted in the strong agriculture and ranching community of today. There is a blend of a laid back small town combined with hard working farm and cowboy life.

    Speaking of cowboys, Willcox has the distinction of hosting the murder of Warren Earp, Wyatt Earp's youngest brother, and being the place where outlaw Johnny Ringo took his last breath. Where there are cowboys, there must be Indians. Both Cochise and Geronimo called the area home.

    Lastly, Willcox is home to more bird species than anywhere in North America. The town is known for hosting Sandhill Cranes on their migrations. Birders from afar flock to the area to witness all the feather friend activities.
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  • Day73

    Benson, AZ - Kartchner Caverns State Pk

    April 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Benson, Arizona is one of our favorite stops. We have been here several times and for a reason that is not very apparent, considering Benson is a small town of 5,000 noted today for farming and ranching. Not your typical tourist stop. Tombstone is 25 miles south and Tucson is 45 miles west.

    So, why do we stop here again and again? Food! This little town has one of the best Mexican restaurants that we have experienced, Mi Casa. Mi Casa is a tiny mustard yellow hacienda that seats only 24 in a rustic interior. This may be the only place in Benson where you may have to wait for table. It is run by a husband and wife, he waits tables and she cooks. The cook was born in Mexico and she uses family recipes handed down through generations. Saying the food is exceptional doesn't adequately describe the food. Great eats!

    Not wanting to waste a stop on eating only, we found another reason to stop in Benson. Benson is home to the Kartchner Caverns State Park. As the name indicates the Park features caverns of some note. Not being spelunkers we'll take their word for the caverns beauty. What attracts us to the Park is the very nice campground. While the caverns were carved out of limestone thousands of years ago, they were not discovered until 1974; and their existence was kept secret fearing vandalism. The State bought the property in 1988 and opened the State Park 10 years later. So, we have a a new, old Park! The caverns are home to approximately 2,000 bats who are roosting right about now.

    The town of Benson has a history similar to many other western towns. It was born as a railroad terminus for shipping copper and silver ore mined in southern Arizona. The railroad still provides terminal service here today. The Apache Powder Co, which still operates today was founded back in the early mining days to "Put The Boom in Arizona Mining". On the other side of the economic coin, a 40,000 acre cattle ranch lies just outside of Benson.

    Benson may not be taking a nap, but it still is a sleepy town.
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  • Day73

    Tombstone, USA

    January 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    Es waren mal 15'000 Einwohner, als hier 1879 Silber entdeckt wurde. Heute sind es noch 1600 Einwohner. In Tombstone fand die legendäre Schiesserei der Earp Brüdern und Doc Holliday 1881 statt.
    Für 10 Dollar konnten wir die Show live miterleben;-), was recht amüsant war, da das Publikum mit Buuh-Rufen und Gejuble zum mitmachen animiert wurde und die Schauspieler witzige Dialoge hatten.
    Die "Kulisse" wirkte meist wie im 19. Jahrhundert, ausser die Autos, die durch die Strassen fuhren... Viele Cowboys und Barmädchen mit üppigen Decolletés...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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