|Tucson and Pima County,Arizona|
Tucson is a fairly large city, (250 square miles or so and a million people in the area) situated on a flat plain of very large size in Pima County (9,200 square miles). It is just north of the Mexican border and it is a desert surrounded by some high mountains. I am used to the forest setting here in Nevada County and I don't think I ever got used to the desert landscape while I was there. The elevation is about the same as Grass Valley, (2,500+-) but the contrast was stark. I did go up to Mount Lemon outside the city and at the 8,000 foot elevation saw some pine forests and some massive burned to the dirt, pine forests. All Federal lands is my understanding. I told my friends that it appears the U.S. Forest Service is incompetent all over the country regarding management. Sad to see the forest burned down.
|Wyatt Earp's Home and Statue|
|Gallows at the Courthouse|
|Entrance to Boot Hill|
|Courthouse, ($54,000 cost to build)|
At Boot Hill there is about an acre of grave-sites. Many headstones have been replaced as they have rotted in the desert sun over the last century. There was a large mound of rocks holding the remains of the OK Corral dead men. I wondered how the grave diggers could even dig a hole in the hard pan earth of this graveyard and maybe these mounds proved they did not dig to deep. Most of the graves were from the period of 1879 to 1881. Many said "shot" so maybe the stories are true?
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Oh, and the town of Tombstone was started by a silver find nearby. It sprung up around a spring and burned down numerous times. It was a fun day realizing a dream of mine to see and walk the streets of the town Wyatt Earp and his brothers walked all that long ago.
Grass Valley has a connection to the Earp's as well. My dad new Hobart Earp, a cousin of Wyatt. He lived off of Highway 49 down past Cherry Creek. He was an architect I was told. So there you have my little adventure. I hope you check the links and read them I was appalled coming back on the plane from Tucson when I was seated next to a high school junior from Seattle. She was attending a elite high school and yet, when I asked if she new about Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, even the OK Corral, she responded she never heard of them. Our history textbooks must be crap if they leave out these men and women who made the west.