101 Tombstone, AZ

Tombstone in 2018 Tombstone Historic District, with the Main Street. This is an image of a place or building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States of America https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone,_Arizona#/media/File:Tombstone_Main_street_61.jpg
Tombstone in 2018

Is Tombstone, AZ Haunted?

Is Tombstone, AZ haunted? Tombstone is considered one of the most haunted ghost towns in the west! It has ghost stories about Wyatt Earp, the Bird Cage Theater, and a vengeful painted lady. Is it haunted?  Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode

When and how was Tombstone founded? Who was its founder? How long was it a boom town and why did it decline? Who were the cow-boys and what crimes did they do? What happened at the O.K. Corral? Why do people believe the Bird Cage Theater is haunted? What ghosts haunt the Boothill Cemetery? What other places in town are haunted? Are there really ghosts?


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Tombstone sheriff and constituents, an illustration from the March 1884 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine
William Henry Bishop - https://archive.org/details/mexico.californi00bishrich Mexico, California and Arizona; Being a New and Revised Edition of Old Mexico and Her Lost Provinces
Tombstone sheriff and constituents, an illustration from the March 1884 edition of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine

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History of Tombstone

Pat explores the history of Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, one of its most famous residents. Founded in 1877 by Ed Schieffelin, Tombstone was considered one of the largest, most metropolitan cities in the west during its heyday. One of the most famous shootouts in history was the one at the O.K. Corral. But is that where it really was? After one of the pumping stations broke at the mines, the city became a small town once again.  

The Debate

Pat and Rebecca debate if the town is haunted. Almost every business in town has multiple ghost stories. It was difficult to cut down the stories for this episode. With a Lady in While, a vengeful prostitute, and other full body apparitions, there is no doubt this is one of the most haunted towns in the United States.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone,_Arizona and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Billy_Goat
Tombstone Chamber – https://tombstonechamber.com/about/tombstone-history/
Ghost City Tours: https://ghostcitytours.com/tombstone/haunted-tombstone/
Legends of America: https://www.legendsofamerica.com/az-tombstoneghosts/
US Ghost Adventures: https://usghostadventures.com/tombstone-ghost-tour/haunted-places-in-tombstone/
YouTube – “Exploring Haunted Tombstone Arizona” At Your Leisure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1P14Um7-ZE
Phoenix Ghosts: https://phoenixghosts.com/the-birdcage-theatre/
San Diego Reader: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2019/oct/31/travel-ghosts-tombstone-az/
Travel the World: https://www.katherinebelarmino.com/2014/10/tombstone-az-attractions.html
LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-tombstone30oct30-story.html
HubPages: https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Haunted-Tombstone-Arizona#gid=ci02724dcd800424be&pid=haunted-tombstone-arizona-MTc2Mjg4ODc5ODk1MTkyNzY2

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com