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Fairbank, Tombstone

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Fairbank is a ghost town in Cochise County, Arizona, next to the San Pedro River. First settled in 1881, Fairbank was the closest rail stop to nearby Tombstone, which made it an important location in the development of southeastern Arizona. The town was named for Chicago investor Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank who partially financed the railroad, and was the founder of the Grand Central Mining Company, which had an interest in the silver mines in Tombstone. Today Fairbank is located within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (San Pedro RNCA).
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  • This is an old west railroad town originally having many names, becoming Fairbanks and finally Fairbank in 1882. The town survived 90 years but finally became a ghost town in 1972. If you like history...  more »
  • The train platform and railroad bed are still there. I found them to be interesting. We were there during the week, so no docents were on site. It would have been more enjoyable with one. Docents ther...  more »
  • This was an old town during Tombstones hay day and beyond on the San Pedro River. The old general store and school buildings are still there. It was a railroad terminus. Not far from the famous stage ...  more »

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Tombstone may bill itself as the "Town Too Tough to Die," but there's nothing too tough about its accommodations. This frontier town offers a good selection of affordable inns and small motels providing every comfort of home in or near the historic central district. Most of the town's bed and breakfasts provide cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and access to a private swimming pool. For a more rustic "Wild West" experience, pitch a tent at one of Tombstone's campgrounds.
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