Back in 1880, copper mining attracted immigrants from Russia, Serbia, Ireland, Mexico, and Italy to this small community, which became the most prosperous settlement in Arizona. Situated just 6 miles from the Mexican border, a conglomeration of architectural styles filled the steep narrow streets built into Tombstone Canyon, south of the Mule Mountains.
Gambling, prostitution, heavy drinking, and fighting were common among the miners who clustered in ethnic neighborhood gangs outside of work. When mining ended in 1975, after producing $6 billion worth of metals, nearly 30,000 residents abandoned their homes. Artists, writers, and hippies moved in, snatching up vacant homes for less than $1,000. W...Read More