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Boothilll Graveyard, Tombstone

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Numerous victims of the Wild West were buried at Boothilll Graveyard, one of the most famous western cemeteries thanks to the town's name, during the 19th century. Most of the attraction's "residents" were outlaws, murder victims, those who took their own life by suicide, and people hanged between 1878 and 1884. It is believed that around 250 bodies lie at the cemetery. In some cases they were identified immediately, but others were showcased in the undertaker's window until someone recognized them, even if just by nickname. You'll see causes of death such as "Stabbed," "Drowned," "Killed by Indians," and "Died of Leprosy," and references like "Queen of the Red Light District." Before you head to Tombstone, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tombstone vacation planning app, to make sure you see all that Tombstone has to offer, including Boothilll Graveyard.
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  • Interesting to learn the history of some of the people buried there. A very affordable attraction and it's only 1/2 mile outside of Tombstone. 
    Interesting to learn the history of some of the people buried there. A very affordable attraction and it's only 1/2 mile outside of Tombstone.  more »
  • My wife and I loved the history behind this. Easy to get to but it is rocky/hilly. Although is is ADA accessible, it may not be for everyone. The staff was great in explaining where the famous graves....  more
    My wife and I loved the history behind this. Easy to get to but it is rocky/hilly. Although is is ADA accessible, it may not be for everyone. The staff was great in explaining where the famous graves....  more »
  • We just had to stop at the cemetery. A must stop when visiting Tombstone, I suppose, so glad we did. Checking out all the famous people that made history and ended up at this cemetery made this visit....  more
    We just had to stop at the cemetery. A must stop when visiting Tombstone, I suppose, so glad we did. Checking out all the famous people that made history and ended up at this cemetery made this visit....  more »
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  • Note: This is called Boothill Graveyard on the signs, but it is the same thing (we weren't positive). This was a quick stop for us. The $3 entry fee was worth paying for the little booklet you get. Once in the cemetery, we didn’t really feel like walking around and looking at headstones (it was really hot), but we did read through the entire brochure later and found the information interesting. The couple running the place, both the man at the entrance booth, and the woman running the gift shop, were fabulous. Both are very friendly and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with us. They answered all our questions and we left feeling as though they would make great friends if we lived locally.
  • Boothill Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the country, having been established in 1870. The tombstones here are mostly dated from the 1800s and earlier; it’s smaller than I anticipated. If you know your history you may recognize some of the names here but none of the old west superstars call this place home.
  • Really enjoyed how this was set up. You get a booklet telling you who each person is and how they passed away. So you can walk down each row, which is labeled, or you can go search for someone. Neat little gift shop with friendly staff too. Within walking area from town.
  • It's crazy to have seen so many unknown tombstones there... Quite saddening yet the overall feeling was extremely peaceful. My most sincerest respects to those who work so hard to give these souls a beautiful resting place to call home. 🙏
  • Very interesting to see. $3 per adult to enter. You are given a guide map upon entering. If you are into the history of Tombstone, then this is a must stop. The cemetery has an amazing view. Plan on spending about 30min to an hour to view all of the site.

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