Legends of America

Follow the links to the various pages of Legends of America

The Old West Legends of America Outhouse Madness Ghostly Legends Outlaws Old West Saloons Rocky Mountain General Store Legends Photo Store The Book Store Route 66 Native Americans The Old States - Back East

Legends of America    |    Legends General Store    |    Legends Photo Shop 


Legends Of America's Facebook PageLegends Of America's Twitter PageLegends on Pinterest

Legends Home

Site Map

What's New!!


Content Categories:

American History


Ghost Stories

Ghost Towns

Historic People

Legends & Myths

Native Americans

Old West

Photo Galleries

Route 66

Treasure Tales


   Search Our Sites

Custom Search



About Us


Article/Photo Use

Copyright Information


Facebook Page




Privacy Policy

Site Map

Writing Credits


We welcome corrections

and feedback!

Contact Us


Legends' General Store

Old West/Western

Route 66

Native American

Featured Items

Sale Items


CD's - DVD's

Nuwati Herbals


Wall Art

Custom Products

and Much More!


  Legends Of America's Rocky Mountain General Store - Cart View


Legends' Photo Prints

Legends Photo Prints and Downloads

Ghost Town Prints

Native American Prints

Old West Prints

Route 66 Prints

States, Cities & Places

Nostalgic Prints

Photo Art Prints

Jim Hinckley's America

David Fisk (Lens of Fisk)

Specials-Gift Ideas

and Much More!!

Legends Of America's Photo Print Shop - Cart View


Family Friendly Site













Old West Vintage PhotographsIMAGES OF THE AMERICAN WEST

Tombstone, Arizona Photo Gallery

Old West and Native American Calendars

<<  Previous  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13  Next  >>

Cochise County Courthouse


Cochise County Courthouse in Tombstone, 1940

The Cochise County Courthouse in 1940 was abandoned, photo by the

Farm Security Administration.

This image available for photographic prints HERE!


The Cochise County Courthouse in Tombstone, Arizona

The old courthouse is now an Arizona State Park, Kathy Weiser.

This image available for photographic prints HERE!



In 1881, Cochise County was split off from Pima County, and naturally, with Tombstone being the largest town, filled with some 10,000 people, it became the new county seat. Plans immediately began to build a new courthouse. In 1882, the courthouse was completed at a cost of nearly $50,000.









Tombstone GallowsThe Victorian style building, laid out in the shape of a cross, housed the county offices, including the courtrooms and the jail, which once housed all manner of lawless characters. Outside, the gallows, from which seven men, including those who participated in the Bisbee Massacre, would serve Tombstone's final justice.


Though Tombstone's most famous lawman, Virgil Earp, was long gone before the courthouse was built, it was called "home” to other interesting police officers, including Sheriff John Slaughter, who is credited with clearing Cochise county of outlaws, and the controversial Deputy Sheriff Burt Alford, who rode both sides of the fence of the law.


Like other popular mining settlements, when Tombstone's mining operations began to shut down, its population headed elsewhere. By 1929, Cochise County held a vote to move the county seat to Bisbee. Tombstone lost and in no time, plans were made to shut down the building.


By 1931, the last door in the building closed and the courthouse was abandoned. All useable objects were removed to the new county courthouse or sold at public auction. Empty and neglected, the once proud courthouse languished under the desert sun until the 1940’s when investors decided it would make a fine hotel. Though initial preparations and dismantling were made, the venture fell through, and once again the old courthouse was silent.


In 1955, however, the Tombstone Restoration Commission acquired the building and began to restore it to its former grandeur. Four years later, in 1959, it became an Arizona State Park Historical site and opened as museum.


Today the site, located at 219 Toughnut Street, provides a number of displays featuring Tombstone's historic past. Outside, re-created gallows stand, reminding visitors of Tombstone's more lawless days. Admission charged.



Continued Next Page


©Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated March, 2013.

Return to Tombstone, Arizona

Return to Vintage Photographs

<<  Previous  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13  Next  >>

From Legends Photo Print Shop

Photo Art by Kathy Weiser-AlexanderWild West Photo Art - Great additions to any Western decor, Legends' Photo Art images include collages, photographs with with watercolor and poster effects, colorized black & white photos, and digital enhancements to improve the composition of the original photograph. Prints are available in photos and giclee fine art and canvas.


Old West Photo Art makes a great addition to any Western Decor.


                                                            Copyright © 2003-Present, www.Legends of America.com