Tombstone Silver

Harwood House

William Harwood was Tombstone's first mayor, but his house is on a haunted street corner.


Introduction

Harwood House

The house of William Harwood, Tombstone's first mayor, is on the corner of Third and Freemont, near CS Fly's Photography Studio. It is also the corner where Thomas McLaury died after he was shot at the Gunfight on Freemont Street (now called the Gunfight at the OK Corral), which took place between Harwood's house and CS Fly's. Today, the Harwood House is part of the OK Corral site but it can still be seen from the street.

Paranormal Activity

Truckers who drive through town in the early morning hours sometimes report a ghost on this corner. They call the Marshal to tell him that there's a drunken actor screaming at traffic and shaking his fist in the air. The Deputy checks this out, but he never finds anything. Given the description of the actor that the truckers report, it seems likely that they are seeing Thomas McLaury. He must be trying to make contact with us again, though it is not sure why. He must reappear here and look around. He would notice that this corner would look vaguely familiar, but, of course, things would also look weirdly different to him. The street would be black and hard rather than dirt, and he would wonder about these huge "wagons" coming by at a high rate of speed with all of those lights -- and no horses. It's likely that Thomas reappears here and becomes confused, perhaps even frightened. In his confusion he shakes his fist at the trucks and screams out things like "Where am I?" or "What's going on here?" The truckers who see him simply mistake Thomas' actions and report a drunk on the corner.

Finally, some guests who walk down Freemont Street occasionally report hearing the sounds of gunshots or horses in this area. While gunshots can frequently be heard from the various reenactments during the day, guests report hearing these sounds at night when there are no shows taking place. It is not known where these noises could be coming from.


Location

This site is located at 303 E Freemont Street. Both the Tombstone After Dark and the Historic Trolley Tour pass this location but I do not mention it during my narrative. It is included here because of the occasional reports of paranormal activity.