In 1877, Ed Schieffelin discovered silver here and staked out a claim named “Tombstone.” He called it that after scouts at Camp Huachuca told him he would only find his tombstone out in this Apache territory. The town of Tombstone owes its name to Ed Schieffelin’s prospecting skill and sense of humor.
On April 4th and 5th this spring, we are going to celebrate Schieffelin’s legacy with activities for the entire family.
- Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash. You are welcomed to participate in leading a donkey across our desert to see if you can get across the finish line first. We have several courses laid out and you can choose any of them, depending on how much time, and effort, you want to spend with a donkey.
- Rock Drilling Contest. Using only a hammer and steel drill, see how far into a hard rock you can drill in ten minutes.
- Mucking Contest. How much gravel can you scoop into an ore cart in ten minutes? Whatever the amount, it may make you a winner.
- Tobacco Spitting Contest. Using a Tootsie Roll instead of tobacco, kids of all ages will be welcome to try their luck at spitting farther than everyone else.
- Goodenough Mine Tour. Visit a real 1880’s silver mine to see how the miners made Tombstone rich. There is still plenty of silver chloride to see in the mine but there is also the unforgettable experience of learning how that silver was chipped out of the earth.
- Goodenough Trolley Tour. Our trolley will take you all around town so you can see where Ed Schieffelin was buried, the Earp houses, the first churches, both cemeteries, and a swing through part of the mining district where several abandoned mine shafts are still visible.
- The Tombstone After Dark Ghost Tour starts in the Goodenough Mine then boards the trolley for a spooky ride through the streets of Tombstone. We visit both cemeteries and tell stories that will raise goosebumps.
The rock pictured on the right is a “Competition Rock” from previous years. Each miner would be given ten minutes to drill as deep as possible in this granite rock using only a drill steel and hammer, like those on top of the rock. The depth of each hole was measured and the winner would be declared at the end of the contest. It may not seem to be hard to hit a rock drill for ten minutes, but this is a grueling contest.
April 4-5, 2020: Tombstone Schieffelin Days
Come, join us for the Tombstone Schieffelin Days. It promises to be a great weekend filled with fun activities for the entire family.