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Tombstone Cemetery

The Tombstone City Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 1800 of our citizens who have died since 1884.


History

City Cemetery entrance gate

The Tombstone City Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 1800 of our citizens who have died since 1884. The three acres was provided to the city free of charge by John Escapule, one of our city's pioneers, with the only stipulation that any citizen of Tombstone could be buried there at no cost. The cemetery is on portions of what was originally the Jennie Belle, Little Tom, and New Year's Gift mining claims. The Escapule family has lived in and around Tombstone for more than 100 years and are community leaders to this day.

In the cemetery are the graves for 97 soldiers, with service from the Civil War to Vietnam; three of the soldiers have bronze stars and 11 have purple hearts. There are 104 babies in the cemetery. People buried there died from the same sorts of things people die of today, including accidents, cancer, heart attack, drug overdose, old age, and suicide. There were a few unusual causes, including mining accidents, animal bites (Gila Monster), and a bad cold.

Who's Who

View of the cemetery

Here are a few of the more interesting stories from the cemetery, in no particular order.

Finally, there are said to be two animals buried in our cemetery. However, these seem to be only legends since neither of the graves are marked and there is no location given in any of our archives. These are the stories of those two animals, just presented here for what it's worth.


Location

This site is located at 145 Charles Road, at the west end of Allen Streete. The Goodenough Trolley Tour passes the cemetery and I tell some stories about it as we pass by. It is also part of the Tombstone After Dark Tour where we stop and give our guests an opportunity to leave the trolley to get pictures of the cemetery after dark from the front gate.