Too Tough To Die

     Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, The Birdcage Theater, The Boothill Grave Yard: Tombstone, Arizona is known as the "The Town Too Tough To Die."  I can testify that it is a town too tough to die because after spending the last two days there - I'm ready to go back!

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ.  My parents migrated to Arizona (for my Father's health)  in 1942 from New York City where Dad practised law for Tom Dewey in the famous "Racquet Investigations."  Both Mom and Dad were originally from the deep South and relatives, upon hearing of their migration  to Arizona had concerns about the "Wild West:" cowboys and indians, shootem'ups on main street, whiskey, loose women and gambling.  Dad was a lawyer (he told the first lawyer jokes!) and came to Arizona to investigate real estate being sold with no water on it. The Wild West needed honorable people to "tame it." The Southwest weather agreed with them and so did the wide open skies and opportunities.

     Over the last fifty years I've seen Arizona go through many changes - Phoenix is one of the biggest cities in the country.  Thankfully, southern Arizona is still somewhat untouched - the desert takes a special eye to see it's beauty.  I was stunned to learn that not only are there wineries there (in full view of Cochise's Last Stronghold and the Chiricahua Mountains) but that the wines are good!  Kief-Joshua Vineyards yielded some very excellent wines that I can personally recommend. 

     I visited the old copper town of Bisbee, AZ and enjoyed the art galleries, antique shops, enjoyed mexican food and bought some great western boots for a good price. I believe that "Cowgirl Jazz" music might be the perfect complement to the ambience. The vistas are wide, the history is deep, and the sun always shines  in Arizona.  Come see for yourself and enjoy the new "Old West."

6 comments

  • Lyn Robert
    Lyn Robert
    Great pics, Lee, Rock on girl!

    Great pics, Lee, Rock on girl!

  • Peggy Malone
    Peggy Malone
    Howdy Lee.. We lived in Phx. for two years...and I worked at Rawhide Western Town in their Steak House Dining Room...It was great fun...when it was in Scottsdale.. Also sang two different times with the Sierra Vista Western Music show up in Tombstone at Big Nose Kate's... I really did love the area also... Thanks for sharing your story.. We just arrived in Albuquerque for the WMA Festival that goes on through Sunday morning..but we will leave Sunday early.. adios.. Peggy

    Howdy Lee..
    We lived in Phx. for two years...and I worked at Rawhide Western Town in their Steak House Dining Room...It was great fun...when it was in Scottsdale..
    Also sang two different times with the Sierra Vista Western Music show up in Tombstone at Big Nose Kate's... I really did love the area also...
    Thanks for sharing your story..
    We just arrived in Albuquerque for the WMA Festival that goes on through Sunday morning..but we will leave Sunday early..
    adios..
    Peggy

  • Larry McKenzie
    Larry McKenzie
    HI LEE I WAS JUST IN TOMBSTONE LAST MONTH ! LARRY MCKENZIE , AKA WYATT HURTS

    HI LEE
    I WAS JUST IN TOMBSTONE LAST MONTH !
    LARRY MCKENZIE , AKA WYATT HURTS

  • Barbara Fitzgerald
    Barbara Fitzgerald
    Lee, This is a great article! I love the photos too! You really write well and have an over-abundance of talent for one little gal! I will drive toward Arizona tomorrow, after having a part replaced on my Audi in Idaho Falls. Hope to get together with you soon! Love, Barb

    Lee, This is a great article! I love the photos too! You really write well and have an over-abundance of talent for
    one little gal! I will drive toward Arizona tomorrow, after having a part replaced on my Audi in Idaho Falls.
    Hope to get together with you soon! Love, Barb

  • Debbie Cole
    Debbie Cole
    I'll put it on my list of places to visit this spring! Sounds pretty wonderful.

    I'll put it on my list of places to visit this spring! Sounds pretty wonderful.

  • Rebecca Curtis
    Rebecca Curtis
    Love your letter and pictures. You are looking great and I expecially love the green jacket. Going too the cabin for Thankgiving. Tony and Sandy are going to try to fly in to Hendersonville on Friday. We are praying for good weather for flying and hiking. Will be with my family on Thursday in Spartanburg. Hope you have plans for a happy Thanksgiving. I know that meeting you, the Hiker Chicks, and being surrounded by such an amazing group of women will be one of the things that I will include in my Thanksgiving prayer. Life can be so rich if you open your eyes and your heart. Love ya Becky

    Love your letter and pictures. You are looking great and I expecially love the green jacket.
    Going too the cabin for Thankgiving. Tony and Sandy are going to try to fly in to Hendersonville on Friday. We are praying for good weather for flying and hiking.
    Will be with my family on Thursday in Spartanburg.
    Hope you have plans for a happy Thanksgiving. I know that meeting you, the Hiker Chicks, and being surrounded by such an amazing group of women will be one of the things that I will include in my Thanksgiving prayer. Life can be so rich if you open your eyes and your heart.
    Love ya
    Becky

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