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With a wild history, Tombstone is known for having a number of haunted spots. You may have heard of some. The Birdcage Theatre is one good example. And if you visit Big Nose Kate's, their menu describes The Swamper! That's some trivia that's not well known!
But one "secretive" area is the Brunckow Cabin. It's a little South of town. You'll have to take a short hike to get to the site. Read More>
Brunckow cabin is unique because it was built by the true first mining settler of the Tombstone area. Most people think of Schieffelin as the original miner here. Actually, Frederick Brunckow formed a mining community in 1859, about 18 years before Ed Schieffelin scouted the Tombstone hills.
The local Tombstone Cemetery is the newer graveyard. It's located in the Western portion of Allen Street, outside of the business district. It became the local citizen's cemetery after Boothill was neglected, and encroached upon by expanding housing.
The trivia about this Tombstone Cemetery, regards some of the people who are buried here:
Methodist Reverend George H. Adams organized the first public church service in town. There was not yet any facilities built, so he had to find an alternative. On October 8, 1879 he assembled folk in Wise's Store in the Brown Building for a sermon. Afterwards he baptized the first new-born in the mining camp.
The Methodist-Episcopal Board then decided to formally begin a local organization. Methodist Minister Joseph P. McIntyre came to town in February 1880. By October, an adobe chapel was built, and McIntyre stayed to minister. The historic chapel is still there, St. Paul's, which became an Episcopal Church - at 55 North Third Street.
Reverend James Woods was sent to oversee the beginnings of a Presbyterian congregation. He held the first church service in Ritchie's Hall on August 15, 1880. He stayed until the church building of wood-frame construction, on Fourth Street, was completed by the end of October.
The Baptists organized a church in town on April 26, 1881. Reverend U. Gregory was sent from Tucson to accomplish the congregational organization, which was successful.
With the local Hispanic population, and the growing immigrant Irish community - many Catholics were in town. Since 1879 Father Antonio Jouvencaeu had visited the flock a few times, sent by the Tucson Bishop. He said mass in parishioner's homes, or store and bar meeting rooms.
2 lots were donated to build a church. On January 1, 1881 an adobe building was completed as The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. The first floor held mass; the second floor was half-size, for a rectory. In 1882 a wood-frame church was built next-door, so the adobe could entirely be the rectory. Both buildings have been restored, and are still on-site, at the corner of Sixth & Safford Streets.
Cow-boys were a regular write-up in the newspapers during the expansion of the West in the 1800s. The Wild West made for plenty of horrific action stories and reports!
It can be seen in the Cow-boy trivia sent from one end of the country to another. Under the heading of "Border Life" a small story was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday, January 7, 1882. It indicated the story was initiated from San Francisco on January 6th. The article begins: "A despatch [sic] from Tombstone, Arizona..." It speaks of raids by renegade Apaches. Then goes on to say "Cow:boys are raiding the cattle ranches in the vicinity of Tombstone."
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