Numerous victims of the Wild West were buried at Boothilll Graveyard, one of the most famous western cemeteries thanks to the town's name, during the 19th century. Most of the attraction's "residents" were outlaws, murder victims, those who took their own life by suicide, and people hanged between 1878 and 1884. It is believed that around 250 bodies lie at the cemetery. In some cases they were identified immediately, but others were showcased in the undertaker's window until someone recognized them, even if just by nickname. You'll see causes of death such as "Stabbed," "Drowned," "Killed by Indians," and "Died of Leprosy," and references like "Queen of the Red Light District." Before you head to Tombstone, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tombstone vacation planning app, to make sure you see all that Tombstone has to offer, including Boothilll Graveyard.
Boothilll Graveyard reviews
We loved seeing this historic cemetery! I remember hearing about this place in the old western movies & TV shows. Now, decades later, I actually saw it! I highly recommend! more »
Very interesting and historical cemetery. There is a small fee of $3 to get in and it exits through your typical overpriced gift shop. But honestly, no trip to Tombstone for a first time visit is... more »
I have been to many graveyards out west. While this one was historic and clean not one tombstone was real. All wood and plywood. I am used to interesting headstones. I was redeemed by going to the ghost town of Gleeson and going to that graveyard. Beware it is creepy!
Somber, serene and a must see for Old West History. Small fee for entry. Interesting to see the real life cemetery after seeing it at Knotts Berry Farm as a child. Try not to spoil your visit by viewing pictures, wait and see for yourself. Overlooking a beautiful valley.
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