About Us

Bill stands by old wagon in Tombstone Arizona before we moved thereBill stands by a wagon on 3rd Street in historic Tombstone

About Us - Who is it behind the scenes of this website?

We're Karen [That's Me>] and Bill [That's Me>]! We're here to help you get fantastic pointers to plan your trip to Tombstone Arizona.

We love Tombstone - and we know it well! We'll show you what people love to do here. And why!! But if there's something obscure that you want to know - chances are we can find out for you!

We've always been interested in the history of the old, wild west. Over the years we were regular visitors to Tombstone - just as you're going to do.

Our plan was to retire here - and that's what we've done! We're so happy that we could do that. Now we get to help others to have the best experience during their visit! 

Our purpose is on all of our web pages...

We'll show you how to have a lively time in this "town too tough to die!"


Is This Retirement?

By 2015 we had both retired from our medical field professions as Respiratory Therapists in hospitals and in education. We decided on a plan. The objective was to move from Tucson, AZ.

We'd always been regular visitors to Tombstone Arizona. We loved it there, its old Western history, the Wild West action that made it famous! So Tombstone AZ played a part in our retirement plan. We really had it in mind - that we wanted to retire to Tombstone!

We thought sometime soon, we'd search for a home in town. One Spring day, we took a trip roaming around areas in Southeastern AZ in our RV. Our last stop was Tombstone before going back home to Tucson.

We thought while we're here, let's just look at some houses for sale. We'd just kind of dreamily go "window shopping." We didn't intend to seriously purchase anything until the next year.

But guess what!! We saw our ideal house! It was the perfect spot! Just the type of house we liked - from the outside! It did look like a fixer-upper, but seemed do-able.

And so it was...

We called the realtor, and the (wagon) wheels began to spin! We purchased the house - got a deal! Then started selling our Tucson home. Amazingly, sold pretty quickly. Accomplished by May 2016. So we became Tombstone Arizona residents!

Then began the work on our fixer-upper. It was a process - for sure! The house was built in 1946 - at least it wasn't from the 1800s!

So, happily - Tombstone Arizona is now our home. We love it! We hope you'll love it too!

New Plan...

And so... retire? That's not me! I love being involved in something - and I love Tombstone! So my own (wagon?) wheels in my head were spinning. How about showing others about our town.

It's a great place! I think many come here, especially on a first trip, and can be unsure of what to do. Like...

  • Where should they go first? 
  • What are the essential sights to see?
  • Why is this town famous? 
  • What are the best things for the kids to do? 
  • Is there anything free to see? 
  • Where should we get something to eat? 
  • Etc.! 

I noticed that some visitors get here at inopportune times, and miss out on a lot of things they may enjoy. I don't want that to happen! There is a lot to see and do. I want a great resource for people to plan ahead. To see why Tombstone could be the treasured experience for them! Even a trip of a lifetime!!

Visitors may not even realize the entire area surrounding Tombstone was involved in its history. There is so much in Cochise County to see and do!! We help with that, too. If you travel through Arizona, as well - we know a lot about the state we love. We can assist you. So much old West history here.

To keep you informed, we regularly research the continued changes that go on in our town - quite a job! New businesses open, others change, some close or sell out. Events are added, sometimes they're temporarily cancelled! Phew!! And the history - it's good to know that background. It adds a lot.

We'd love your input! What else would you like to see on this website? What questions, comments or feedback do you have? You can tell us now: GO>

Because we aim to help you, and satisfy you with our information - please use the form below to indicate if any of our photos, links or videos suddenly are not working, so we can solve the situation! We check regularly - but you may find something before we do...

Thank you!!


Our Mission, Vision & Core Values

Our aim is to provide valuable information about Tombstone Arizona, and related information about the Old West to people interested in the town for its Western tourist value and for its history.

In doing so, we continuously research what is needed to provide this information. That includes current tourist needs of Tombstone, and the history associated with Tombstone, AZ. We research related areas of the Old West, including towns, people, and situations. In doing this we interact with other people of similar interest, as well as researchers locally, throughout the country, and internationally. 

Our research aim is to be as accurate and authentic as possible. It's why we provide documentation for historical information. We add our own photographs whenever we can. We locate historic photographs when possible, which reflect related subjects. When showing photographs from other sources, we give credit Per Licensing. In support of our research and authorship of content for you - we maintain these memberships, and have the following credentials and experience:

  • Members of the Wild West History Association (WWHA). 
  1. Participation in the Tombstone Territorial Rendezvous - a  WWHA yearly Tombstone event which helps us analyze and study local history.
  • Members of the Friends of the San Pedro
  • Members of Westerners International - Read More>
  1. Members of the Cochise County Corral - Read More>
  • Degrees/Certificates/Experience: Karen
  1. Master of Education
  2. 10 Years teaching experience
  3. 8 Years Section Directing Experience 
  • Degrees/Certificates/Experience: Bill
  1. Bachelor Degree
  2. 10 Years teaching experience
  3. Approximately 18 years of instructional lecturing experience


About Us - Karen & Bill

I'm Karen

About Me, KarenKaren of TombstoneTravelTips.com

I've always been a warm-weather lover. My family jokingly calls me a "lizard" - really! Although born in Scranton Pennsylvania, growing up on the East Coast, I always knew I'd end up in a warmer climate. When the time was right, we moved across country to Arizona.

We first came to Tucson on vacation to check it out. We knew Arizona was the place to be our home. So plans began for that permanent move. We also lived in Southern California, teaching there for a little over ten years.

I had to figure on a career with that move. So went for an Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy, a Bachelors Degree in Health Care Management, and then an Education Masters. To shore up other life options: got a certificate in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a certificate in teaching Business English.

I've always loved outdoor activities, travel, history, nature, conservation and in particular, birding. Bill and I have traveled to Ireland, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand - and through much of the United States.

We've had many hiking and camping experiences along the way, since our younger days. We brought up our kids kind of out in nature - taking them camping, bird-watching. Going places that are fun, but double as a learning experience about history.

Since moving out West we've explored Arizona, and the Southwest - and we're not done yet! We love traveling to investigate historical old West areas.

I'm the primary author/constructor/webmaster of this website. But Bill is involved, too!


About Karen and BillKaren & Bill on Catalina Island
Karen and Bill's travelsKey West - an Eastern kind-of Old West!
Bill and Karen at the wineryTouring a Winery - Can You Tell?

I'm Bill

Bill is my husband. We've been married for many years - were actually high school sweethearts. People often comment on our marriage's longevity. One reason is that we're best friends. We enjoy much of the same activities and interests - including travel, love of old wild West history, and experiencing the outdoors!

Bill is a contributor to the website. He helps with ideas, photos, offering critiques, researching information. He's with me, collaborating, on our investigative trips to find needed info. He is imaginative and thinks of unique information and creations to offer readers.

Bill also loves outdoor activities, beautiful scenery, new adventures, and vicariously learning about birds through listening to me! He adores the Southwest, and really loves Arizona and especially Tombstone! Exploring these areas is a favored past-time.

Early on Bill received a Degree in surveying, and was employed in that field. He has both an Associates and a Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Bill's been a clinician and a teacher in that profession.

Somewhere in all of that, we both got a certificate in truck driving from Rio Salado Community College! We did that as a team for 1 year total - it wasn't for us!! But it was a learning experience. 


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