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Tombstone, AZ Must Se- The Boothill Cemetery

Boothill GraveyardThe Boothill Graveyard wasn’t originally on the top of the list of things to do while in Tombstone. We knew we’d be driving down and just spending a few hours there, and we decided to be somewhat selective.

HOWEVER, after asking on Facebook and those people we actually talk to in person at social gatherings what we should do, we found most people have never been. Luckily we finally had my parents pull through with suggestions after spending a day there. They both said the cemetery is historical as well as quite funny, and is one of the few free things you can do in Tombstone. We were sold!

I mean look at this sign, who wouldn’t have known pretty instantly that they had made a good choice on a limited-time budget?

May everyone know now that when I die I would really love a witty and funny modernized haiku on my tombstone!

Visiting the Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone

It’s actually free to visit the Boothill Graveyard

The whole cemetery is quite amazing- we counted and found only 4 people who had died of natural causes. Essentially, everyone else died shot, hung, or “death by consumption.” And, if you don’t know what that means email me, and I”ll explain it to you if you’re 18 or over.

Or, perhaps they committed suicide (and they had no issue calling them out for it), or died of typhoid fever or smallpox. Some were gunfights (and they listed who killed them). Additionally, they found some sketchy bodies found in mines and other strange locations. I felt really bad for the guy who was shot while going to the bathroom.

Tips for Visiting the Boothill Cemetary 

If you go, buy the $3 program they sell, it gives all the stories they have and provides a lot more information than just the tombstones. It was so entertaining to walk through the graveyard and read the stories aloud.

Boothill Graveyard plots in Tombstone Arizona.


Tombstone Arizona Boothill Graveyard.


Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.


Tombstone cemetery historical site.


Old West Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.

We probably should have been more reverent than we were….but we really did remark several times who grateful we are to have not been born in this era and how bad we felt for all who lived and died these terrible deaths. 

The wild west is truly a wild era of history! And it’s a pretty entertaining experience to see it in all it’s glory at the Boothill Cemetary in Tombstone. 

Tombstone Arizona Graveyard tour.


Boothill Graveyard descriptive headstones in Tombstone Arizona.


Honest headstones in Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.


Old West Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.

I’m grateful I didn’t have to live through the grammar either- oh man!

We also hit up the famous graves from the O.K. Corral shootout. Yes, Billy is Bill the Kid.

Billy the Kid at Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.


Visiting Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.

We learned quite a bit, we laughed some, and we counted our blessings! Visiting the Boothill Graveyard in a must, make sure it’s a stop if you hit up Tombstone, it was my favorite part!

Tips for visiting Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.


Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona.


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  1. I am a little bit sarcastic Rosemary, I think maybe that doesn't always come across in blogging. I was definitely joking here 🙂

  2. Rosemary West says:

    Nice post. I'm not sure, though, why people need to be over 18 to know that death by “consumption” means tuberculosis. I knew this already from having read a lot of literature in school, but you can look it up pretty easily online.