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1962 Sept 30
Tombstone named a National Historical Landmark.

County Seat moved from Tombstone to Bisbee

1892, July
The original Bird Cage Theater closes permanently. Other names of the theater have been the Elite and the Oympic

Boothill cemetery full and officially closed to burials

1882, May 25
Second terrible fire destroys most of the business district. The fire was started in the Tivoli Saloon

1882Tombstone founder, Ed Schieffelin sells his holdings to become a millionaire and moves to California.

The Tombstone County Court House was built, containing the county jail and various other county offices, including a court room on the second floor. The total cost of the building at the time was $43,000 after completion. The City Hall was also built during this time costing $15,000.

1881, Dec 29
Wyatt Earp appointed Deputy U.S. Marshal over the telegraph.

1881, Oct 26
2:30 pm - the Gunfight at the OK Corral. The gunfight took place after quite a bit of arguing and physical fighting between the participants. The gunfight, itself, only lasted about 30 seconds. Once it was over, Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton were dead. Morgan and Virgil Earp were wounded, Doc (John Henry Holliday) had a scratch and Wyatt was unhurt.

1881, June 22
66 businesses destroyed in fire which started when a barrel of whiskey exploded at the Arcade Saloon.

1880, Nov 9
Wyatt resigns the office of Pima County Deputy Sheriff

1880, Oct 28
Virgil Earp appointed temporary City Marshall. At the time, he was the Deputy U.S. Marshal.

1880, Sept 9
The Grand Hotel opens

1880, July 27
Wyatt Earp appointed the Deputy Sheriff of Pima County at the age of 32.

The first railroad from Tombstone to Tucson was completed.

1880, Feb 22
U.S. Mail service begins in Tombstone on a daily basis.

1879, December
Tombstone was incorporated as a village by the vote of the people, and under the order of the County Supervisors, became incorporated. William A. Harwood, Esq. became the first mayor of Tombstone.

1879, Dec 1
The Earps came to town.

1879, Mar 5
The townsite of Tombstone was plotted.

1878, Oct
Weekly stagecoach service with Tucson was started in Tombstone by J.D. Kinnears

1877, August 1
Edward Lawrence Schieffelin stakes his first mining claim in the area. He names it Tombstone.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Tombstone and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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