The courthouse is now a state museum highlighting the lifestyle of the old west, from cattlemen to miners, lawmen to outlaws. At left, Kathy, Kristin, and Dani stand at the entrance to Kartchner Caverns State Park. The hills behind them are home to the caverns.
Then it was on to the farm, where we picked green beans and bought some corn for dinner. There's More! Click here to go to Page 2: Bisbee, Fort Huachuca, and Other photos Return to the
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Kathy, Kristin, and Dani hitched the team up to the buckboard and headed out to the great American southwest. Quickly finding employment as barmaids, they exclaimed they like cowboys in Stetson hats, big tippers, fast horses, and strong whiskeys.
Dani and Kristin order up a couple of brews at the long wooden bar of the Crystal Palace Saloon. At left, they turn to Aunt Cherie for advice on the best drinks in Tombstone (were it me, I'd recommend the sassparilla, partners)
Tombstone, the town too tough to die.
The town survives, but many of its residents didn't. They ended up in Boot Hill, the legendary cemetery where outlaws and innocents rest in pieces.
The gun fight at the OK Corral in 1881 sent three of the more famous graveyard tenants to their new home.
The lawmen........................................the place..............the results: "murdered on the streets of Tombstone"
Tombstone was the county seat in the 1880's, from which justice was dispensed with the bang of a gavel...and at the end of a rope.
Cherie commented, "It appears that Kathy has reached the end of her rope." Kristin and Dani would echo that statement, except that their mom has a strangle hold on their necks.
Cattlemen obviously believed the adage "good fences make good neighbors" was a "point" well taken, especially with rustlers roaming the range. There were dozens of barbed wire designs, some of which are shown here. A detail at the right shows that each style had its own name and date of appearance. The third one down, the Stover design, dates to 1875.
Ghostly TreasureKathy and the gals found lots of silver treasures in the numerous shops along Allen Street in Tombstone. However, back in the olden days, the town was riddled with mines, and everyone was looking to make their big strike. One of them was a worker at the hotel which hosted the Big Nose Kate Saloon (no relation to Kathy, I'm sure). Following a spiral staircase from the saloon to the basement, you can still see the "Swamper's" bedroom, and how he tunneled out the walls and floors in search of his own fortune.
Kartchner Caverns: The World Below
Kartchner Caverns is a few miles north of Sierra Vista and about 300,000 years older. It's a living cave that still grows marvelous stalactites, stalagmites, helictites (they grow sideways), columns, soda straws, shields, flowstones, and colorful bacon formations. Kathy, Dani, and Kristin toured the caverns and were awed by its beauty and mystery.
Since cameras are not allowed in the cave, we've had to borrow some photos, below. If you want to see a short video on the caverns, turn on your speakers and click on the middle picturethe Arizona Star Net photo. (Kathy, you'll get a chance to hear the soundtrack from the Throne Room again).
The gang gathers around a stalagmite in the cavern museum
Apple Annie's: A Day at the Farm
We drove to Willcox to spend a day at the orchards and farms of the Sulpher Spring valley. Apple Annie's bakes THE best pies in southeastern Arizona, and if you're so inclined, you can spend a couple of hours plucking fruit off of their peach, pear, and apple trees. Or, more to our liking, spend an afternoon dining under the trees on burgers and pies ala mode.
The courthouse is now a state museum highlighting the lifestyle of the old west, from cattlemen to miners, lawmen to outlaws.
At left, Kathy, Kristin, and Dani stand at the entrance to Kartchner Caverns State Park. The hills behind them are home to the caverns.
Then it was on to the farm, where we picked green beans and bought some corn for dinner.
There's More! Click here to go to Page 2: Bisbee, Fort Huachuca, and Other photos
Return to the Family Photo Album